Ferguson reveals the player he regrets not signing for Man United

Ferguson reveals the player he regrets not signing for Man United

Sir Alex Ferguson has appointed Paul Gascoigne as the player he wishes he had the opportunity to manage while at Manchester United.

The former Manchester United manager is promoting his documentary, Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In. The film will be released on May 29th, with the premiere taking place on Thursday evening.

Ferguson was interviewed by his former player Gary Neville ahead of the update, which was broadcast on SPORTbible.


During the interview, the legendary manager listed four current players he wishes he could manage: Harry Kane, Son Heung-Min, Dele Alli, and Sergio Aguero.

Ferguson also said that Gascoigne made a "major mistake" by not joining Manchester United:

“Without a doubt, Gascoigne,” Ferguson said. “He was, in my opinion, the best English player since Bobby Charlton. He was a great player in my opinion.

“Unfortunately, we didn't catch him, and I believe, in retrospect, he made a major mistake. Years later, he recognized it.

“But there were Geordies in the camp. We had Bobby Charlton, Bryan Robson, Steve Bruce, and even Middlesbrough's Gary Pallister.

“We had people there who would have looked after him, particularly Bryan Robson, who is great with players.

“Instead, he heads to an island in London, and as a young lad, you're quickly eaten up there. That, I believe, was a major blunder on his part.

“He was a fantastic player. I admired his fortitude. We had just played Newcastle up there, and he had just returned from injury.

“As soon as he returned, they began winning games. I placed three players in the center of the pitch – Whiteside, Robson, and Remi Moses – and he annihilated them.

“He nutmegged Moses in front of the dugout and patted him on the back of the head.

“He was incredible, and on the way home, I told [former Manchester United chairman] Martin Edwards, ‘Sign this guy.' Get in touch with him on Monday.'

“By that point, he had already agreed to a contract with Tottenham, which was extremely unfortunate.

“That was disappointing because he decided to sign and then Tottenham changed his mind by buying a house for his mother and father.”


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