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Arturo Vidal confirms he turned down Man Utd

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Vidal said no to Man Utd
Vidal said no to Man Utd

Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal has confirmed that he rejected an offer to sign for Manchester United before joining Bayern Munich in the summer of 2015.

United made high profile attempts to sign Vidal following Louis van Gaal's arrival as the club's manager in 2014 and now he has revealed a move to Old Trafford was also on the agenda a year later.

"Yes, there was a chance to come to England," Vidal told The Times. "It was last summer, and at one point, we thought that is what would happen.

"I liked the opportunity that they had offered me, but eventually it did not happen and I chose to come to Bayern. There are always many teams around that go to my agent.

"I wanted to come to a team this strong and to a project that is so ambitious. I feel very happy."

United have previously hinted that they had no interest in signing Vidal last summer, but these comments suggest that the player opted to move to Munich instead of Manchester.

Meanwhile, United midfielder Juan Mata is convinced his side will bounce back from their recent run of poor form after he admitted the club are going through "complicated moments" which will only be solved by wins.

Defeat in their Europa League last-32 first-leg tie against FC Midtjylland last week intensified the pressure on manager Louis van Gaal, making a good result in Monday's FA Cup tie at Shrewsbury more important.

"Unfortunately, we are still going through complicated moments," Mata wrote in his blog on kicca.com.

"I know that you don't need to read more posts like this one or more words from me or my team-mates trying to explain every game.

"I know that you need wins and obviously we need them too but I take this weekly encounter with you to tell you that I'm sure things are going to change.

"We have the opportunity to move forward in such a nice competition as the FA Cup, the possibility of a comeback in the Europa League after our bad game in Denmark in the first leg, and there are still some weeks in the Premier League to try to shorten the gap with other teams and fight for the Champions League spots.

"All those things can happen; however, we must get better with regard to the last few games and I'm sure that we will do it.

"We can still finish the season fighting for trophies and qualifying to be in Europe the next year."