His decision not to come to United, after Sir Alex Ferguson thought it was a done deal, meant we signed ex-Liverpool hero Michael Owen on a free transfer.
Owen scored 9 goals in all competitions before being ruled out for the season through injury in February. It is interesting to note that Benzema has scored just 8 goals in Spain.
“Do I regret not signing for Manchester United? No. I dreamt about Real, that’s all,” said Benzema. “It was a first season to learn. I didn’t know what a season abroad was. Now I know, and next term, from the very first day, I will be at my very best. I don’t want to leave. I don’t think the club wants to see me leave. I want to make a name for myself.”