Toure reveals Manchester United snub

The Ivory Coast midfielder became Roberto Mancini's first marquee signing last month when he completed a £24-million move from Spanish giants Barcelona, signing a five-year contract worth a reported £200,000 per week.

And soon after he helped Pep Guardiola's all-conquering Barcelona team defeat the Red Devils in the 2009 Champions League final, Toure claims he snubbed interest from Sir Alex Ferguson to take him to Old Trafford.

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Gary Parkinson is a freelance writer, editor, trainer, muso, singer, actor and coach. He spent 14 years at FourFourTwo as the Global Digital Editor and continues to regularly contribute to the magazine and website, including major features on Euro 96, Subbuteo, Robert Maxwell and the inside story of Liverpool's 1990 title win. He is also a Bolton Wanderers fan.