Shearer turned down Man Utd on a reported three occasions during his career but did so most famously in favour of returning home to Newcastle in the summer of 1996, in what was a then world record transfer of £15m. 206 goals later and the rest, as they say, is history..
Here’s how he replied to this Man Utd fan on Twitter when asked if he ever thought ‘what if’, regarding a potential move to Old Trafford all those years ago:
NEVER! I couldn’t stand them then and I can’t stand them now!!! 🤣🤣🤣 https://t.co/4qM70RPmdE
— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) December 5, 2018
Shearer remains our record goal scorer and even back then in 1996, not many could have imagined the legend he would become at his hometown club. Silverware may have alluded Shearer at Newcastle but having already won the Premier League before joining, I am sure he would swap a bag full of trophies at Man Utd for the goal coring record at Newcastle.
It is hard to imagine NUFC having a striker of this quality now – powerful in the air, deadly in and out the box, quality from set pieces – and a leader on and off the field to boot. Shearer jokingly added on Twitter he would cost near £200m in today’s market and it’s hard to disagree!
It will be almost impossible for someone to wear the number 9 shirt again with such distinction, and the fact that Shearer doesn’t regret a moment of it makes it even more special for Newcastle fans.
Who knows, perhaps if we get eventually get new owners he may be tempted back to the club, where he belongs, in some form of ambassadorial role instead of the Match Of The Day sofa.