Sir Alex Ferguson admits his biggest transfer regret at Man Utd

Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed his biggest signing regret at Manchester United was narrowly missing out on Paul Gascoigne.

The Red Devils attempted to sign the England international in 1988 when he was at Newcastle but the midfielder would eventually join Tottenham.

Ferguson reckons Gascoigne was the best English player since Bobby Charlton but believes he made a huge mistake joining Spurs as United could have got the best out of him with the likes of Bryan Robson taking him under his wing.

The Old Trafford legend admitted it was a sore one to take however as he spoke to Gary Neville in an interview for LADbibleTV.

Paul Gascoigne came close to joining Man Utd

Asked which player he regrets not signing, Ferguson replied: ” Gascoigne, without question.

‘I think he was the best English player since Bobby Charlton. I think he was a fantastic player.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t get him and I think, looking back now, he made a big mistake. He recognised it himself years later. But we had Geordies in the camp. We had Bobby Charlton, Bryan Robson, Steve Bruce, even Gary Pallister from Middlesbrough.

“We had people there who would have taken care of him, particularly Bryan Robson who is fantastic with players.

“Instead, he goes to an island in London, and you’re easily swallowed up there as a young lad.

Sir Alex Ferguson was gutted to miss out on Gazza as he joined Spurs instead
Sir Alex Ferguson was gutted to miss out on Gazza as he joined Spurs instead

“I think that was a big mistake by him. He was a marvellous player. I loved his strength.

“We played Newcastle up there and he had just come back from injury. As soon as he came back, they started winning games. I played three in the middle of the pitch – Whiteside, Robson and Remi Moses and he destroyed them.

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

“He was unbelievable and I said to [former Man Utd chairman] Martin Edwards on the way home: ‘Sign this boy. Get on the phone to him on Monday.’

“And by that time, he had already done a deal with Tottenham, which was really unfortunate. That was a disappointment because he agreed to sign and then Tottenham changed his mind by buying his mother and father a house.”

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