​Brazil legend Zico has opened up about the time he nearly joined Sir Alex Ferguson's backroom staff in 2004 and how he missed out on an opportunity to speak with Johan Cruyff a few years before the Dutch legend died.


Zico is currently the technical director at Kashima Antlers and has spent nearly six years with the club. He returned briefly to Flamengo as their football director in 2010, but resigned after only a few years due to disagreements with the board.


Speaking with the ​Daily Mail, Zico shed light on the time he almost joined ​Manchester United but eventually didn't.


He said, "I don't know if the offer the person gave to me was true or not. But when Carlos Queiroz (United No 2) was probably going out of Manchester, they came to me and said do you want to be an assistant coach there? I said yes but after that nothing happened so I don't know!"

He also spoke about the time he crossed paths with Cruyff and ​Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.


"There are two things in my life that I say it's a shame I forgot to do," he begins. 


"One is in the past when I met Johan Cruyff on an aeroplane. I saw he was sitting there but I got shy and said "I'm not going to disturb him". So I didn't take any photos with him and a few years later he died.


"[The second] When I was working in TV. I was going to the hotel and I saw Jurgen Klopp coming. It was when he was at Borussia Dortmund. He was coming out and I also said I would not ask him or disturb him... I didn't take a picture with him, I hope one day I can take one with him!"