Owen Farrell is all set to will lead England in the 2019 Rugby World Cup final against South Africa on Saturday – but his sporting career would have been very different had he gone ahead and joined Manchester United in 2005, after the club noticed him while he was still a youngster.
According to a report in Daily Mail, Farrell is believed to have had a training spell with Manchester United in 2005, when he was just 13 years old. Apparently, he was also rated highly by the club’s academy for his ability as a goalkeeper.
“You could just tell from within a few minutes of meeting him that he carried himself really well,” the Red Devils’ first-team goalkeeping coach Richard Harris told The Telegraph in a recent interview.
“You can always tell when you meet a top-class sportsman, they have that air about them and he did.”
Harris apparently went on to share his views on Farrell with the club’s then-boss the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson, and it is believed that Manchester United further tried to organise a meeting between him and Farrell’s parents.
However, the young star opted to stick to rugby and later joined the Saracens ranks in 2008.
As things stand today, the 28-year-old is on the cusp of World Cup glory, with only one final hurdle remaining between him and the coveted trophy – the clash against South Africa in Saturday’s World Cup final.