Raul: United was an option
The teams meet in the Champions League semi-final first leg on Tuesday with the former Spain striker enthusiastic about life in the Bundesliga, where he has a contract until 2012 but has expressed a desire to possibly play on after that.
United were linked with the 33-year-old last summer before he moved to Germany and Raul confirmed there was contact with the Old Trafford club, saying: "There were a couple of possibilities and United was one but the only person who knows just how close, is (Sir) Alex Ferguson. I never spoke to him personally but there were contacts with United."
He added: "Before deciding to come to SchaIke, I thought about England, where I had a couple of offers.
"I fancied the idea. I wanted to try something different. But I've been able to experience that here."
"I would love to swap shirts with Ryan Giggs after the game. It would be a great honour."
Schalke will go into the first leg at the Veltins-Arena as underdogs with the prospect of facing his old side in the final with Real facing Barcelona in the other semi-final.
Raul said: "We dream of beating United. Let's see if we're the better team. Logic says United will be - but we'll try."
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