'I rejected Manchester United': Portugal superstar reveals he turned down Red Devils move – because it wasn’t ‘the right time’

Manchester United stadium Old Trafford during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match on October 26, 2002 between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford in Manchester.
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Manchester United is so often the dream move for many players – but not everyone.

Former Barcelona star Deco has revealed how he snubbed their advances to sign him, claiming it simply wasn't 'the right time'. The former Porto midfielder enjoyed four successful years at the Nou Camp from 2004-2008, winning two La Liga titles and a UEFA Champions League crown in 2006.

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Matthew Holt

Bio: Matthew is a freelance journalist and has currently racked up bylines for Manchester United, Manchester Evening News, GOAL and SPORTbible to name a few. A long-term sufferer of Scunthorpe United, he currently resides in the north-west after escaping the smog of North Lincolnshire.