One thing is for sure that the interest from United that summer is evident and was serious. Shearer himself has gone on record to back it up saying that he spoke with Sir Alex Ferguson about making the move. It is was even reported that when Sir Alex spoke with Shearer and he asked him if he had any questions regarding life in Manchester or to do with the club Shearer responded with two questions, "can I have the number nine shirt?" he said, and his last question was "can I take the penalties?". If this is true then Sir Alex must have been confident that he could pencil Shearer in along side Eric Cantona for the 96/97 football season.
It is debatable if United would have been anymore successful than what they were from 1996 onwards. Shearer's first season in the black and white of Newcastle United ended with no silverware and it was the United of Manchester who were crowned champions. Shearer would soon become acclaimed to not winning silverware following his move as Newcastle threatened but failed to land any domestic trophies following his world record transfer fee. It is something Sir Alex must look at with a hint of smugness on his face, you can imagine him thinking "I told you Old Trafford was the club for you to fulfil your ambition of winning trophies".
When asked by their grandchildren "what medals did you win?" Shearer will not take long rooting out his championship winning medal he won with Blackburn and explaining his answer. Where as on the other hand Solskjær will reply "how long have you got?" as he proceeds to open his treasure chest and explain the embarrassment of medals he won in a successful and illustrious career with the reds that earned him a legendary status.