Leeds legend Tony Yeboah opens up on turning down Man Utd and Sir Alex Ferguson

Leeds United legend Tony Yeboah has revealed he rejected the chance to leave Elland Road for rivals Manchester United "because of the way the fans treated me".

Yeboah spent three seasons at the club during the 1990s, netting 29 goals in 56 appearances and winning their player of the season award in his second campaign.

However, the Ghanaian's time in England could have been very different had he taken the opportunity to sign for United after just six months at Leeds.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Yeboah said: "At that time, Leeds were not sure I could play in English football, so they only loaned me for six months and wanted to test me before maybe the could sign me.

"After six months, I was fantastic and I had an offer from Manchester United. But I decided to stay at Leeds because of the way the fans treated me. I couldn't have gone to any other club.

"I always remember my first game against QPR. I received a pass and my touch was poor, but all of the stadium, everyone was clapping for me.

"From then, I could see that my future in Leeds was going to be bright. Thank God Leeds United came to my life and I became a very, very great footballer."

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While at Leeds, Yeboah scored a memorable long-range volley against Liverpool, the team which Marcelo Bielsa's side will face in their first top-flight fixture for 16 years, and the goal has been voted the best in the club's history.

Reflecting on that strike, Yeboah adds: "That goal is one I will never forget in my life.

"From my youth, I was a Liverpool fan because of John Barnes. Watching English football on television, you saw John Barnes playing and it made black people so proud.

"Before that game, I was so determined. I was going to face Barnes, Ian Rush; players I used to adore. I had to prove to them I was also a very good player. Thank God everything turned out to be fantastic.

"I don't think David James ever thought I was going to try from that angle. I had a bit of luck with the way the ball hit the bar and went in, but it was very difficult to stop.

"I am actually a left footer, that is the foot I use to dribble with. But when it comes to shooting, I don't mind both sides. I can use my right."

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