Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson tried to sign Karim Benzema for the Old Trafford side back in 2009, according to Michael Owen.
The club who lost star man Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid that summer for a whopling £80m were heavily linked with France international Benzema but he instead chose the Los Blancos ahead of the Red Devils.
That snub allowed Ferguson to swoop for free agent Owen following his release by Newcastle United and he helped the club to win the premier league title.
“I was just saying before the show that he’s my favourite player and one of the lads said: ‘Why’s that?’. It’s because Benzema was Manchester United’s first choice before I signed for them,” he told BT Sport.
“If he didn’t say yes to Real Madrid then I wouldn’t have been at Man United.”
Owen scored 17 goals after making just 52 appearances during an injury-plagued three-year stint at Old Trafford.