Former Bolton star reveals how Manchester United move fell through

Former Bolton Wanderers and Derby County striker Dean Holdsworth revealed to BT Sport just how close Manchester United were to joining the other 16 clubs on his CV.

In what would have surely done down as one of Sir Alex Ferguson's most notorious flops, former Wimbledon striker Dean Holdsworth told BT Sport's Life is a Pitch presenter Des Kelly that Sam Hammam not being able to find a replacement was the only reason he didn't get a dream move to Old Trafford.

The 45-year-old said: 'The conversation I had with Sam [Hammam] was that he needed a month to sign a striker of the calibre of myself, to replace me, and he would let me go. That didn't happen.

'I did ask to go, honest, and my feelings were that you only get these one chance.

'I had my knee rebuilt when I was 17 and I thought that I've got to make the most of everything I can in my career because you never know when it can end.

'And, erm, at the time to go to someone like Manchester United, if it was as serious as the chairman was telling me, it would have been something I would have dreamed about doing.'

The former Crazy Gang member went on to play for 10 more clubs after he left Wimbledon, and in truth, he squeezed every last drop of playing time he had in his body out.

He had spells at: Watford, Carlisle United, Port Vale, Swansea City, Brentford, Wimbledon, Bolton Wanderers, Coventry City, Rushden & Diamonds, Havant & Waterlooville, Derby County, Weymouth, Heybridge Swifts, Cambridge United, Newport County and finally Redbridge, who he later went on to manage.

The hunger and desire to keep playing the sport, many years after others would have thrown in the towel is commendable. However, it has to be said, Sam Hammam potentially saved Sir Alex Ferguson a bit of grief by not allowing the once fleet-footed striker to move to Old Trafford.

As It wasn't long after his decision to finally leave Wimbledon, that his career descended on its slow decline towards the lower reaches of the Football League.

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