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Top 10 big-name players who almost joined Manchester United, including Chelsea duo and La Liga superstars

Manchester United have signed some of Europe’s finest players – including Cristiano Ronaldo and Ruud van Nistelrooy – over the years and typically the Red Devils are linked with an array of top talent in this summer’s window.

Sergio Ramos and Bastian Schweinsteiger [BBC Sport] are the latest world-class names to be linked with a move to Old Trafford -could they be set to join this list of players that spurned a move to the Theatre of Dreams?

Take a look below at 10 stars who almost joined the Premier League giants…

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10. Paul Gascoigne

The England legend rejected the chance to sign for Manchester United in 1988 after allegedly promising Sir Alex Ferguson that he would move to Old Trafford. Instead he opted for a transfer to Tottenham Hotspur – a decision Fergie still agonises over a decade later [London Evening Standard].

Paul Gascoigne

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