ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI has revealed he was 'ready' to join Manchester United in 2012.
The striker has gone on to become one of the best in the world – but he could have been making a legacy at Old Trafford instead.
Lewandowski was recently named as Fifa's The Best Player for 2020 after a stunning season for Bayern Munich and Poland, scoring 59 goals in 53 games.
He has now scored 266 in 307 games for Bayern – showing United really did miss out.
Speaking to France Football, the 32-year-old said: "After my second year in Dortmund, I had a conversation with Sir Alex Ferguson.
"He wanted me to come to Manchester.
"I was very interested. I can even say I was ready. But Dortmund didn't want to let me go.
"It didn't upset me more than that because things were going well with Borussia."
In the end Fergie turned to Arsenal's Robin Van Persie to fill the striker's berth, which didn't work out too badly.
Lewandowski left Dortmund for Bayern in 2014 on a free transfer.
And last season was part of their treble-winning team, finishing top scorer in the Champions League, the Bundesliga and the German Cup.
After winning this season's Fifa award, Lewandowski said: "I feel fantastic and very proud and happy.
"This is a great day for me and also for my club and team-mates.
"This award also belongs to my team-mates, coach and Bayern Munich in general.
"It's an incredible feeling, really.
"If you win such an award and share that title with Messi and Ronaldo, that is unbelievable and it means so much to me.
"A long time ago, I remember I was longing for something like this and now I can win such an award.
"This really means, regardless of where you come form, all that matters is what you put into it.
"For the entire world this year was difficult, the greatest highlight was winning the Champions League final – such a special day and evening, that was an incredible feeling.
"That was a great moment… then we won the cup and got every title we could possibly win.
"We have a great coach, great team and we all work towards one goal."
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