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Buffon reveals he could have been a United player

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Ahead of Manchester United’s Champions League clash with PSG, legendary Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has revealed he could have joined the two Manchester clubs at different points in his career.

Buffon kept a clean sheet in the 2-0 triumph in the first leg at Old Trafford which means the Red Devils face an enormous task of overhauling that defeat to qualify.

The 41-year-old Italian shot-stopper has enjoyed a decorated career starting from Parma before moving to Italian giants Juventus in 2001.

He went on to win nine Serie A titles and countless other trophies with the Bianconneri before making the switch to Paris in the summer.

However, he disclosed Sir Alex Ferguson was a huge admirer of his goalkeeping skills back in his Parma days before he finally went to Turin.

“When I was a boy playing for Parma, [Sir Alex] Ferguson tracked me closely for two or three years,” the Italian said to United legend Rio Ferdinand for BT Sport.

“He’d always send scouts to watch me. At the time, Parma was my world and I didn’t feel like leaving.”

Buffon’s glittering career has stretched to well over 1,000 (and counting) appearances but he is yet to add the Champions League medal to his collection.

The World Cup winner in 2006 spent well over 17 years with the Old lady hoping to end the wait but suffered three defeats in the Champions League final.

Buffon said: “I later had a very big offer from Manchester City, when they started to build the team and become the most important side in Europe. They wanted me to be the first signing, but I stayed at Juve.”

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