Sean Connery rejected Matt Busby’s offer of Man Utd contract on £25-a-week

Sir Sean Connery once rejected an offer to sign for Man Utd from the legendary Sir Matt Busby, who had tabled a £25-per-week contract offer.

The James Bond star sadly passed away aged 90 on Saturday following an illness, but leaves behind a lasting legacy through his work on the silver screen.

But things could have been a lot different for the late actor, who admitted it was only due to his age that he snubbed United's approach.

"I really wanted to accept because I loved football," Connery said.

"But I realised that a top-class footballer could be over the hill by the age of 30, and I was already 23.

"I decided to become an actor and it turned out to be one of my more intelligent moves."

Busby had been impressed by Connery – who played as a right-winger – during a practice match in 1953 with actors from a musical he was appearing in with.

So much so that the United boss – who later became the first manager to lead an English team to European Cup success – asked Connery to sign immediately after the match.

It wasn't the first time Connery's talent had been identified though.

The Scot caught the eye of local scouts in his homeland while playing for amateur Edinburgh side Bonnyrigg Rose.

His performances led to him earning a trial, but Connery dismissed rumours that Scottish giants Celtic had come calling.

"I played for Bonnyrigg Rose and I was offered a trial by East Fife," he said. "That’s the truth. Celtic, no."

Connery went on to become a hugely established actor, playing the role of Bond a total of seven times, including in classics Dr No, Goldfinger, You Only Live Twice, Thunderball and From Russia With Love.

He was later awarded an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 1988 for his portrayal of fictional policeman Jimmy Malone in The Untouchables.

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