Legendary Germany and Bayern Munich goalkeeper Oliver Khan has expressed his regrets that he did not join Manchester United when he had the chance.
Kahn played for Bayern from 1994 until 2008 after joining the Bavarian club from Karlsruhe.
During his time at Bayern, despite being close to his mid-30s, Khan was the subject of an unsuccessful bid from then-Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Instead, Kahn remained at Bayern, where he retired from professional football shortly before his 39th birthday in 2008.
“Alex Ferguson is still at odds with me,” Kahn told Sport Bild. “He was convinced I’d join Manchester United in 2003 or 2004, but building an era at Bayern was more important to me.
“Looking back, I believe that I should have done it back then. It would have been one last big challenge for me.”
Kahn made a total of 557 Bundesliga appearances for Bayern and Karlsruhe, the most any goalkeeper has ever made in the German top flight, and only outfield players Manfred Kaltz and Karl-Heinz Korbel made more appearances.
He won the Champions League with Bayern in 2001, but also played in the 1999 final, where United scored two injury-time goals to beat Bayern 2-1 and win the trophy.
And Reminiscing on the 1999 Champions League against United, Khan admitted he was confident Bayern had won.
“In my memory, I have stored that final against Manchester United as a win,” Kahn said. “I’ve erased the final two minutes.”