Eriksson says he signed contract with Man United

Sven-Goran Eriksson says he signed a contract to become

Manchester United manager in 2002, just a year into his spell as

England manager.

Eriksson says he couldn’t turn down coaching ”probably the

biggest club in the world” after being asked by then-United chief

executive Peter Kenyon if he wanted to replace Alex Ferguson, who

had announced he’d be leaving at the end of the 2001-02 season.

Eriksson, writing in his new autobiography that is being

serialized in British newspaper Mail on Sunday, says ”a contract

was signed – I was United’s new manager,” only for Ferguson to

make a U-turn and stay at United.

The well-traveled Swede managed England from 2001 to ’06 and

later took charge of United’s local rival, Manchester City. He

currently coaches Guangzhou R&F in China.