Adam Le Fondre reveals Man Utd rejected him when he was young
Reading’s goal-scoring machine Adam Le Fondre has revealed he was snubbed by Manchester United after a six-week training session with the Premier League leaders. The striker admitted he was dejected by the rejection as he had scored a hat-trick in the trial game for Manchester United when he was seven years old.
“I was devastated when they pulled me aside and said I was not being taken on,” Adam Le Fondre said ahead of the FA Cup fifth round clash against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
The 26-year-old striker, who has made most of his appearances of the bench, is the leading goalscorer for Reading in the Premier League with 10 goals from 24 games. Interestingly, Adam Le Fondre came off the bench 16 times in those 24 games. For this reason, Adam Le Fondre has gained reputation for being a super-sub, which is something Manchester United forward Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was famous for.
“I know Solskjaer made his name as a sub, but I do not want to do that. I want to start. It has always been my dream to score at Old ¬Trafford. Eric Cantona and Brian McClair were my -heroes. My dad is a massive supporter as well, so it will be a very special game,” Adam Le Fondre added.
In response to Adam Le Fondre’s claim, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson rejects speculation that he had the opportunity to sign him in. Nonetheless, The Scotsman admitted he had nothing but praise for the striker. Adam Le Fondre has become an integral part of Reading’s team, who have been defeated only twice in the past eight Premier League games.
“I watched Le Fondre when he was at Stockport. It's a big jump to come from Stockport to the Premier League. You've got to give the boy credit,” Sir Alex Ferguson said in an interview to Manchester United’s official website.
“I think Le Fondre has done most of his scoring in the home games and he's scored late goals for them. It's been a turnaround for Brian McDermott since Christmas. It looked as if they were destined to go down but now they're rescuing games in the last few minutes.”