Chelsea legend, John Obi Mikel has revealed that he got a ‘death stare’ from Manchester United legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson for choosing the Blues over the Red Devils.
Mikel, however, claimed that Ferguson eventually forgave him.
The former Super Eagles captain was in high demand back in 2005 when he played for Lyn Oslo in Norway.
Man United secured a deal to sign Mikel in January 2006, but Chelsea argued that they had already reached an agreement with the midfielder and his agents.
After complaints to FIFA, Chelsea reached an agreement with Man United and Lyn to secure Mikel’s signature for £16 million.
Speaking on the development, Mikel recalled his first meeting with Ferguson after the controversial transfer.
Mikel said on The Debrief Podcast: “I saw him [Ferguson] one time, it was Manchester United against Chelsea, I was coming out of the dressing room and as I was coming out of the door at the corner he was coming out and I just s*** myself.
“I can’t remember what happened, I think I tripped up on the stairs, he looked at me and he just walked out. He started chewing his gum and just walked out. He did not say a word. It was a death stare. I met him a few times after that and we started talking about it and he forgot about it and forgave me.”
Watch the video of why Manchester United and Chelsea battled up to sign John Obi-Mikel back in 2005 below;
The Nigerian great enjoyed enormous success during his 11-year stint at west London as he amassed a total of six goals and 13 assists in 372 appearances.
The 35-year-old won two Premier League titles, three FA Cup trophies, the 2007 League Cup and the 2013 Europa League.
He was also part of the Chelsea team that won the Champions League trophy for the first time in 2012.
On the international stage, Obi also enjoyed immense success as he won the Africa Cup of Nations in 2013 with Nigeria.
He also made 91 appearances for Nigeria, including at the 2010 World Cup.
Ferguson retired as United manager in 2013. He is now a director at the club.