Alan Shearer has jokingly called Gary Lineker a "f****** idiot" for turning down Manchester United not once but twice.

Shearer himself famously snubbed United and Sir Alex Ferguson on two occasions, first as he joined Blackburn from Southampton and then when he left Blackburn for hometown club Newcastle. While he became the club’s record goalscorer, he didn’t win a single piece of major silverware with the Magpies.

Meanwhile, United under Sir Alex cleaned up, winning Premier League titles and the Champions League, although Shearer has regularly insisted he has no regrets over turning down moves to Old Trafford.

READ MORE: Gary Lineker reckons current Man Utd star can be his replacement as Match of the Day host

READ MORE: 'I should have listened when I left Man Utd to join Chelsea – I regretted the transfer'

This article contains affiliate links, we will receive a commission on any sales we generate from it. Learn more
Watch the Champions League here
Catch every minute of the Champions League 2023/2024

TNT is the only place you can watch all the action from the Champions League this year. You can see every game from the group stage right through to the final as Manchester City look to defend their crown as the newest kings of the World's biggest and best football tournament.

£29.99 a month

TNT Sports

He wasn’t the only legendary England striker to reject Sir Alex as Lineker passed up two opportunities to sign for United back in the 1980s. Lineker, Shearer and Micah Richards were asked which club they wished they’d played for during their careers on The Rest Is Football podcast.

For Lineker, it was United. The Match of the Day presenter said: “I had two opportunities to join them, once when Ron Atkinson was manager but I went to Everton instead.

Do you blame Shearer and Lineker for turning down Man Utd? Tell us in the comments section below

Gary Lineker has recalled turning down Manchester United twice during his playing career
Gary Lineker has recalled turning down Manchester United twice during his playing career
Alan Shearer couldn't resist joking about Gary Lineker's decision to snub Sir Alex Ferguson
Alan Shearer couldn't resist joking about Gary Lineker's decision to snub Sir Alex Ferguson

“You’ve got to remember, Man United weren’t that dominant in those days. The second time was when I went to Spurs when Sir Alex was in charge, but it was still a good three or four years before he started to have any success. They also gave me a lovely send-off in my last-ever game in English football, so I’d perhaps say Manchester United.”

Shearer, alluding to his own big career decisions, then piped in: “You turned Sir Alex down? You f****** idiot! What idiot does that?”

Join the Daily Star's WhatsApp for the sexiest headlines, showbiz gossip and lots more

A man laughing at his phone, a sassy womanm the whatsapp logo and an alien in a suit.

The Daily Star is now on WhatsApp and we want you to join us!

Through the app, we'll send you the sassiest showbiz stories, some naught headline and a seismic smattering of aliens...along with the latest breaking news of course.

To join our community, all you have to do to join is click on this link, select 'Join Chat' and you're in!

No one will be able to see who has sign up and no one can send messages except for the Daily Star team. We also treat our community members to competitions, special offers, promotions, and adverts from us and our partners.

If you don’t like our community, you can check out any time you like. To leave our community click on the name at the top of your screen and choose Exit group. If you’re curious, you can read our Privacy Notice.


Lineker jokingly replied: “I can’t think of anyone, Alan. You thought you were the first.”

For his part, Shearer said he would have liked to have played for Sunderland “so I could have got them relegated again”. While Richards picked Arsene Wenger’s Invincibles team at Arsenal.