Alan Shearer: Manchester United took too long to sign me

Alan Shearer

Former Southampton, Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer has revealed in an interview with FourFourTwo that United took too long to sign him, which is why he opted to sign for Blackburn Rovers. United ended up signing Eric Cantona in the November of 1992 and went on to lift the Premier League title, with Blackburn finishing in 4th spot.

Shearer did pick up a league title in 1994/95 after his side beat United by a point to the crown. The England striker enjoyed a four-year stay at Ewood Park, scoring 112 goals in 138 league appearances – however, could he have gone on to win more trophies had he waited a little?


The interview with Shearer is featured in the latest issue, which marks the 200th edition of the magazine (and also includes a Giggsy interview). Shearer was quoted as saying:

“There was interest from Manchester United, but I was told I had to wait three or four weeks for them to get the money together. I felt if they really wanted me then they would come and get me immediately. I had already spoken to Blackburn and told Kenny Dalglish, Ray Harford and Jack Walker that I would give them an answer in three of four days – and my answer was yes.”

Shearer again turned down the opportunity to sign for Manchester United in the summer of 1996, opting for hometown club Newcastle United instead. Former United captain Bryan Robson wrote in his autobiography that he couldn’t understand, even as a fellow Geordie, why Shearer choose to turn down United for a second time.

Shearer’s goal scoring record speaks for itself, whilst he also finished top goalscorer at Euro 96 with five goals – so was obviously in high demand, with rumours that Italian clubs were also keen to sign England’s top marksman. He eventually move for a world record fee (previously held by Gianluigi Lentini of Milan following his move from Torino to AC Milan in 1992) of £15million to his home town club. United went onto lift the 96/97 crown, whilst Shearer never really eclipsed the trophy winning season of 1995.

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5 Responses to “Alan Shearer: Manchester United took too long to sign me”

  1. Ian says:

    So was it about feeling United didn’t “want him enough” or was it as much that he’d got a decent offer from another ambitious club and had already told them when he’d answer (and didn’t want to risk turning them down just for the United thing to fall through)?

    Either way, I have little doubt Shearer and United would have been an outstanding combination.

    It is obviously impossible to know a) whether we’d have still signed Cantona or b) whether we’d have done better or worse out of it, but I think Shearer would have become an idol to the fans none the less. None of Cantona’s flair or charisma, but he worked hard, didn’t take any bull and scored for fun. Yes, I think we could have lived with that.

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  2. DforDerivative says:

    Alan Shearer talking about someone else being slow is like Robbie Savage telling other people they have no style.

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  3. timelord24 says:

    i’m terribly sorry but i can’t understand the logic behind shearer signing for blackburn. united had already intimated their interest in signing him. they need a few weeks to put the money together. so him saying ” if they wanted me,the could come and get me immediately” doesn’t make sense.

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  4. Prakash says:

    Shearer snubbed is once and we got Eric Cantona, the second time we got Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Aah, didnt United suffer!

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  6. Nikki says:

    I have always had a suspicion that Shearer just didn’t have the guts to play for United at the time so he took the easy route out and went on to another mediocre team to be become their talisman. Not every player seems to be able to handle the United set up were everyone is equal and has to work for the team. To say that you wouldn’t wait a few weeks if UNITED had said they needed to sort funds is a piss poor excuse. Shearer is still a goalscoring legend, and its a shame that we didn’t secure his 30+ goals per season, I think he would have fallen for the club had he taken the chance and it could have been a very fruitful relationship for both parties. Oh well it didn’t do United any harm

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