Before Manchester United’s spectacular U-turn, Alan Shearer was planning to buy Graeme Souness’ house.
Alan Shearer is a hero to every Newcastle United supporter, but the Englishman almost didn’t join his boyhood club in 1996 due to Manchester United’s intense desire.
Alan Shearer revealed that before joining Newcastle United in 1996, he had planned to buy Graeme Souness’ property and join Manchester United.
Shearer is the all-time Premier League leading scorer with 260 goals and is regarded as one of the game’s most illustrious figures.
If the forward had not decided to sign for his boyhood club in 1996, despite interest from Manchester United and Real Madrid, his career could have gone a very different path.
The Red Devils were desperate to capture the former Southampton midfielder, but were up against Newcastle, their championship rivals, for his signature.
Shearer was undecided about his future, but he first decided he wanted to relocate to Old Trafford and had everything in place to do so, including purchasing the home of former Liverpool star Graeme Souness.
“I saw Kevin (Keegan) before the show in Huddersfield and things were fine, but I was still uncertain since it was such a big decision,” Gary Neville stated on The Overlap.
“As you may be aware, Manchester United is a massive football club. We don’t need to discuss the manager (Sir Alex Ferguson) because we all know how powerful he is.
“At one point, I’d made a decision and told my family, ‘I’m going to Man United.’ We’d even had a trip around Manchester with the intention of purchasing Graeme Souness’ home.
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“I got another call from Kevin not long after that performance we both went to, saying, ‘Can I have another half-hour with you?'” And I did, thinking to myself, ‘I’m going back home, I’m going back to Newcastle, I can’t let this opportunity pass me by.’ United signed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer from Molde for around £2 million in the same summer that Shearer joined the Magpies for a then-record fee of £15 million.
Of course, the Norwegian had a successful tenure at Old Trafford before moving into the managerial ranks, where he is still learning the ropes. The news is summarized by Brinkwire.