How Sean Connery Rejected Offer Of Man Utd Contract Revealed!

How Sean Connery Rejected Offer Of Man Utd Contract Revealed!

Sir Sean Connery had at a time in his life rejected an offer to sign for Manchester United from the legendary Sir Matt Busby, who had tabled a £25-per-week contract offer.

The James Bond star sadly passed away aged 90 on Saturday following an illness.

But things could have been a lot different for the late actor, who admitted it was only due to his age that he snubbed United's approach.

“I really wanted to accept because I loved football,” Connery said.

“But I realised that a top-class footballer could be over the hill by the age of 30, and I was already 23.

“I decided to become an actor and it turned out to be one of my more intelligent moves.”

Busby had been impressed by Connery – who played as a right-winger – during a practice match in 1953 with actors from a musical he was appearing in with.

So much so that the United boss – who later became the first manager to lead an English team to European Cup success – asked Connery to sign immediately after the match.

It wasn't the first time Connery's talent had been identified though.

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Connery went on to become a hugely established actor, playing the role of Bond a total of seven times.

This article was most recently revised and updated 4 years ago

Efe Bridget is a writer at GoalBall. She is a graduate of Mass Communication with 12 years of experience working with reputable publications.