Oliver Kahn is remembered as one of the greatest goalkeepers in the history of the game and, speaking this week, he revealed that he still regrets not joining Manchester United in the latter years of his career.
Kahn spent the majority of career at Bayern Munich before finally hanging up his gloves in 2008. However, speaking to Sport Bild, the 48-year-old explained how close he came to joining Manchester United in 2003 and how he still regrets not making the move.
“Alex Ferguson is still at odds with me,” Kahn said. “He was convinced I’d join Manchester United in 2003 or 2004, but building an era at Bayern was more important to me.”
“Looking back, I believe that I should have done it back then. It would have been one last big challenge for me.”
Kahn won the Champions League with Bayern Munich in 2001, but also played in the 1999 final where his German side infamously lost to a United team that scored two injury-time goals to snatch victory from the jaws of the defeat.
Briefly speaking about the agonising moment, Kahn hilariously revealed that his only way of coping with the heartbreaking manner of the loss is to simply pretend it never happened.
“In my memory, I have stored that final against Manchester United as a win,” Kahn said. “I’ve erased the final two minutes.”
Check out the extraordinary final three minutes of the game in question in full below;