But since joining United in 2002, the place has held such a pull that he was never interested in going anywhere else.
He told The Sun: "I've had offers, like a lot of the lads have, but why would you ever want to leave this club?
"There are very few players whose career has got better after leaving United, it usually goes down, not up.
"I have always been aware of that and realised there is no reason to want to play somewhere different. If I was going to move abroad it was more likely in my West Ham days.
"But United has everything, the history and traditions, the ability to win all the big competitions and a stature in the game which is unrivalled in my opinion."