Thompson: I should've taken Man Utd offer over Villa

Former Newcastle United and Celtic winger Alan Thompson has revealed how he rejected a move to Manchester United. Sir Alex Ferguson had agreed a £4.3million fee to sign him from Bolton in 1998 but Thompson opted for Aston Villa. He said: "I should have joined United. They signed Jesper Blomqvist instead and he played in their European Cup win in 99. "But I'd have missed playing for Celtic and that's where I had my happiest years."

Former Newcastle United and Celtic winger Alan Thompson has revealed how he rejected a move to Manchester United.

Sir Alex Ferguson had agreed a £4.3million fee to sign him from Bolton in 1998 but Thompson opted for Aston Villa.

He said: "I should have joined United. They signed Jesper Blomqvist instead and he played in their European Cup win in 99.

"But I'd have missed playing for Celtic and that's where I had my happiest years."

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