Alan Shearer has admitted he was so close to joining Man Utd that he’d even chosen a house in the area before ultimately making the decision to return home after 10 years away from Tyneside.
Kevin Keegan and Sir John Hall famously snatched our club’s record goalscorer from under the nose of Sir Alex Ferguson back in 1996 for a then-world record £15million.
Big Al has consistently downplayed suggestions he regrets his decision to join us. After all, a move to Man Utd would have undoubtedly seen him lift a bucketload of trophies!
Now, in an exclusive interview to commemorate his induction to the Premier League’s hall of fame, he has spoken about how close he actually was to signing for The Red Devils and explained why he chose Newcastle United in the end.
Singing for The Toon to Don the famous black-and-white, wearing the number nine shirt, going on to become our record goalscorer and having a statue outside St James’ Park would beat winning the Champions League for me too, Alan.
Let’s not forget, he also has been able to set up a charity in the west end of the city to give back to those less fortunate, something that would have been unlikely to have happened had he gone on to be just another striker at Man Utd.