Manchester United 'turned down chance to sign Rais M'Bolhi'

Goalkeeper Rais M'Bolhi of Algeria looks on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Germany and Algeria at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 30, 2014
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Manchester United apparently turned down the chance to sign Algeria's impressive World Cup goalkeeper, Rais M'Bolhi, after he trialled with them in 2010.

Manchester United reportedly rejected the chance to sign Algeria's formidable World Cup goalkeeper Rais M'Bolhi after taking him on trial four years ago.

M'Bolhi was hugely impressive as the unfancied Africans progressed to the knockout stages of the tournament for the first time ever, before losing 2-1 to Germany after extra time of their second-round match.

The 28-year-old spent a week at United's Carrington training ground around the time that Sir Alex Ferguson was looking at long-term alternatives to Edwin van der Sar, according to the Daily Mail.

However, M'Bolhi did not quite do enough to persuade Ferguson and goalkeeping coach Eric Steele that he was the answer, and ended up joining CSKA Sofia, where he still plays his football, while the Red Devils opted for their current understudy, Anders Lindegaard.

Newcastle United were also thought to be interest in signing M'Bohli at the time.

United boss Alex Ferguson on the sidelines during a game with Man City on April 30, 2012
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