Arsene Wenger reveals he was offered Manchester United job Comment Wenger was offered the Manchester United job (Picture: Getty)Arsene Wenger revealed he was offered the Manchester United manager job – although he would not lift the lid on exactly when. Wenger managed Arsenal for 22 years but left the club in 2018, having won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups. He is unsure if he will return to management again but he admitted he has been offered some of the biggest jobs in world football.‘I was offered that job a few times,’ he told The Times of the Paris Saint-Germain post. ADVERTISEMENTHe also received offers from Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus and the French national team.Asked if he was offered the Manchester United job, he replied: ‘Yes.’ Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 2 Oct 2020 6:21 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Wenger and Ferguson are now friends (Picture: Getty)Asked when, he smiled: ‘I don’t tell you that.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘But I can tell you Man Utd offered me the job. I don’t tell you that [when].’He had a great rivalry with fellow managerial great Sir Alex Ferguson and revealed the pair are still in touch to this day.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsAsked if he was in touch with many current managers, Wenger added: ‘These people are all very busy. I’m not close enough to them… except Ferguson, yes.‘I have Ferguson’s number, yes. We have a lot of respect for each other now.‘We had a period when it was very tough, very hot. After you’re not competing any more, everyone becomes a bit more objective.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.
The fastball exited Madison Bumgarner’s hand at 92 mph, Joc Pederson launched it out of Dodger Stadium at 106 mph, and the rookie center fielder tried to take off running at 107. He didn’t slow down.“I think I got lost in the moment,” Pederson said.Pederson rounded the bases with a sense of urgency birthed into existence painfully and gradually. He’d read Clayton Kershaw’s call for a new attitude after the Dodgers lost five straight games a couple weeks ago. Then he lost the starting center fielder’s job to Kiké Hernandez, and got it back for a day against Bumgarner in a critical series against the second-place team in the National League West.On a practical level, it didn’t matter how fast Pederson ran. The run counted just the same, and it made all the difference in the Dodgers’ 2-1 win over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday. The Dodgers extended their lead in the division to 5 1/2 games, matching a season high. Left-hander Luis Avilan replaced Greinke with one out and runners on first and second base. The next batter, Brandon Belt, fouled four pitches off before scorching a ground ball up the middle to rookie second baseman Jose Peraza.Peraza, who was acquired in the same July trade along with Avilan, gloved the ball with his backhand and flipped it in one motion to shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who threw to first base to complete an inning-ending double play.“I’ve done it a few times in Triple-A,” Peraza said through an interpreter. “(Belt) hit it pretty hard and I thought I was going to be able to make that play.”Greinke called it “probably the best play of the game at the most important time.”• Photos: Los Angeles Dodgers Defeat San Francisco Giants 2-1More than a month remains in the season. Greinke might have another five or six starts left in his right arm. But the National League Cy Young Award is practically his; Greinke leads the major leagues with a 1.59 earned-run average, more than half a run lower than the next-closest qualified pitcher. In 125 seasons as a National League franchise, no pitcher has finished the season with a lower ERA since Rube Marquard in 1916. Ninety-nine years and two World Wars later, Greinke’s march to greatness is getting harder to compare, though Kershaw’s 2014 MVP season seems more appropriate by the week.Kershaw pitches the series finale today. He will be opposed by San Francisco right-hander Mike Leake.Kenley Jansen pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his 28th save of the season. Adrian Gonzalez, who drove in the Dodgers’ first run, finished with two hits. So did right fielder Scott Van Slyke and catcher A.J. Ellis.Bumgarner scattered eight hits over seven innings, walking one and striking out eight. He allowed one run in the third inning when Gonzalez drove in Peraza with an RBI single.“I just didn’t expect us to be on the losing side of a 2-1 ballgame, but that’s the way it goes,” Bumgarner said. “You know it’s going to be a tough one going up against Greinke, and unfortunately they caught more breaks than we did.”Pederson’s 24th home run of the season was only his second hit over his last nine games. His batting average, the number listed next to his name in every box score, is still just .213. The 23-year-old is acutely aware of this, and since losing his starting job he’s been a frequent sight on the field with Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire for early batting practice. After hitting the home run, and sprinting around the bases, Pederson sought out McGwire in the Dodgers’ dugout.“He’s been there through the good and the bad, just putting in the time,” Pederson said. I’ve got to tip my cap to him being there supporting me, keeping it positive. He always reminds me how hard the game is. It’s a tough game. It’s learning, learning and lots of learning. “I think this win’s a lot more important as a team, just to come together.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Pederson hasn’t gotten lost in many moments this season, but when he does it’s hard to miss.“Hopefully more (moments) than that one,” he said. “And hopefully there’s some more to come.”Pederson wasn’t the only one lost in the moment Tuesday. The announced crowd of 48,060 at Dodger Stadium was treated to a heavily hyped duel between Bumgarner (16-7) and Zack Greinke (15-3) that delivered on its promise. Greinke allowed only two hits in seven innings, striking out five and walking one. He was sitting on 106 pitches when Dodgers manager Don Mattingly allowed him to take the mound in the eighth inning with a 2-0 lead. The Giants nearly staged a stunning comeback.Nori Aoki led off with a screaming line drive that new left fielder Justin Ruggiano leaped to catch. The next three batters all hit singles, the last of which drove in Gregor Blanco with the Giants’ first run. read more