I s*** myself and tripped over when Sir Alex Ferguson gave me a death stare after I snubbed Man Utd for Chelsea | The Sun
JOHN OBI MIKEL has revealed he "s*** himself" when Sir Alex Ferguson gave him a death stare after he snubbed Manchester United.
The former Chelsea midfielder had been set to join the Red Devils before moving to Stamford Bridge in 2006.
He was even presented with a United shirt ahead of completing a transfer from Lyn Oslo, only for the deal to collapse.
Mikel instead chose to join Chelsea, despite meeting with Ferguson twice to discuss his move to United.
The pair came face-to-face again when Mikel visited Old Trafford with Chelsea a few months later.
Recalling the moment he saw Fergie, Mikel told The Debrief Podcast: "I saw him one time, it was Manchester United against Chelsea.
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"I was coming out of the dressing room and as I was coming out of the door at the corner he was coming out and I just s*** myself.
"I can't remember what happened, I think I tripped up on the stairs, he looked at me and he just walked out. He started chewing his gum and just walked out. He didn't say a word."
Mikel added: "It was a death stare. I met him a few times after that and we started talking about it and he forgot about it and forgave me."
Despite giving Mikel a fright, Ferguson did not blame him for the move falling through.
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He said at the time: "I don't believe it's true that Mikel doesn't want to join Manchester United; I believe he has been forced to say it.
"His family have been put under huge pressure and the circumstances are very sad.
"The manner in which he and his family have been treated and pressurised is, quite frankly, disgusting."
Mikel went on to spend 11 years with the Blues, making 372 appearances for the club.
The former Nigeria international also won 11 major trophies in West London, including the Champions League and two league titles.
He later had spells with Middlesbrough and Stoke City as well as stints playing in China, Turkey and Kuwait, before retiring in 2022 aged 35.
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