Scot also says that he has no intention of ever coaching the Red Devils again.
Former Manchester United head coach Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich tried to lure him to Stamford Bridge when the Russian billionaire first arrived in English football a decade ago, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.
The legendary Scot shocked the world of football by announcing his decision to stand down as the Red Devils manager towards the end of last season after more than 26 years in charge of the club.
However, in one of his first interviews since deciding to leave Old Trafford, Ferguson has claimed that Abramovich wanted him to manage the west London club when the oligarch bought the Blues in the summer of 2003.
“They used an agent to approach me when Abramovich first took over the club,” Ferguson said in an interview with PBS’ Charlie Rose that was broadcast in the US on Wednesday morning.
“And I said no chance.”
Meanwhile, Ferguson also confirmed that he would never return to the ‘Theatre of Dreams’ to be the United boss again, as he now wants to fully concentrate on his retirement with his wife and family.
“I’m not interested in managing again or getting myself worked up about Manchester United’s results,” Ferguson said.
“United are in good hands with David Moyes. He will be fine. He’s a good manager.
“You would be throwing your money down the drain if you put any money on me coming back as a manager.
“I made my decision. The timing was perfect. There is no way back for me now. I’ve got a new life.
“I want to go the Kentucky Derby and the US Masters, the Melbourne Cup. I want to visit vineyards in Tuscany and France.”
The odds on Ferguson making a dramatic comeback to coach the struggling Premier League champions have shortened in recent days though following the club’s shock 2-1 loss to West Bromwich Albion in the top flight at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.