​Basel forward Dimitri Oberlin has revealed why he turned down the opportunity to join Manchester United when he was 17-years-old. 

Oberlin is currently on loan at Basel from RB Salzburg and spoke to ​The Sun on the decision not to join the Premier League giants: “Yes, they [United] had been watching me – the transfer almost happened.

“In the end I decided otherwise. My parents had allowed me to transfer, but I did not.”


The 20-year-old didn’t want to join the youth sides at Manchester United and thought playing senior football would be more beneficial.

“I would have started at the Under-18s, the way into the first team would have been far.

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“The competition would have been massive.”

The Swiss international decided to make the move to current parent club RB Salzburg from FC Zurich in order to gain the first-team football.

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