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‘I should have joined Man Utd after Sir Alex called me – but I listened to my wife’.



In the past, Emmanuel Petit, who had previously played for Arsenal and Chelsea, has stated that he would have joined Manchester United if it weren’t for his wife.


A remarkable career in England, during which he won both the Premier League and the FA Cup with the Gunners, was enjoyed by the French player who became the winner of the World Cup. Despite the fact that his three-year stay with the Blues did not offer the same level of success, his old fan bases had a generally positive attitude toward him.


However, Sir Alex Ferguson called him and urged him to join the Red Devils, which gave him the opportunity to win even more titles than he had previously accomplished. Without the presence of his wife, Agathe de la Fontain, it is quite probable that he would have gathered his belongings and made his way to Old Trafford.Arsenal reached out to me, but Manchester United also made contact with me. I had a conversation with Arsene. I was honest with him and told him, “I appreciate it and it’s very tempting, but I didn’t feel that you wanted me to stay when I signed for Barcelona a year ago.” He was really interested in having me return, but I told him that I was not interested in staying.WhatsApp is now available for The Daily Star, and we would love for you to join us!


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At the end of the day, he decided to sign with Chelsea, where he remained for a total of three seasons until ultimately retiring. Arsenal won two Premier League titles and two FA Cups over that time span, including the 2003–2004 season in which they did not lose a single match. Ferguson, on the other hand, won one Premier League trophy and one FA Cup during the same time period. At least Petit’s wife was OK with the situation.