Man Utd snub was “not even a decision” says Liverpool legend John Barnes

John Barnes took a swipe at Manchester United saying there was “not even a decision” to be made when he chose to join Liverpool over Sir Alex Ferguson’s Red Devils.

The former England international won two League titles and two FA Cups during a trophy-laden decade at Anfield. Barnes made the move to Merseyside in a deal worth £900,000 in 1987, after six very impressive seasons for his childhood club Watford.

Ferguson has previously highlighted his dissatisfaction and regret that he was not able to convince Barnes to move to Old Trafford. However, the iconic United boss may well be glad that United did not make significant moves for the 79 capped England international, as he would not have been shy to turn Ferguson down.

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“From 1984 to 1990, the two biggest teams were Liverpool and Everton,” Barnes said on the Pub Talk podcast. In 1987, between Liverpool and Manchester United, [there was} not even a decision to be made at that time.

“Liverpool did the double in 1986 they were the best team. People think of Ferguson in the 90s, when they were the best team, then of course maybe.

“Liverpool fans, of course I never would have gone to Manchester United, but the point I’m making is that it would have been a decision.” Barnes went on to make 406 appearances in all competitions for the Reds, contributing a staggering 107 goals and 93 assists during the course of his decade at Anfield.

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And the now 58-year-old said he did not need to think twice when Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish expressed his interest in the left midfielder’s services. “It was an easy decision,” Barnes added. “Back then, when you talk about Bryan Robson going to Manchester United, they were not the best team in the country.

“Robson went to Manchester United, I wanted to go to Liverpool. Peter Beardsley, who was the most expensive player, came to Liverpool; it wasn’t even an auction and it wasn’t like everybody wants you. The point I’m making is now, a player becomes available and everybody says we want them, but back then, you went to the club who came in for you.

“So when Sir Alex Ferguson said that he regrets not signing me, he would have been able to sign me {if he came in}.”


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