The iconic former Manchester United boss has offered an insight into a rare transfer regret over one talented star he missed out on while in the Old Trafford hot-seat
Of the latter category, one of the most famous faces is Champions League winning midfielder and World Cup runner up Wesley Sneijder – the Dutchman touted with a move to Manchester seemingly every summer while operating at the peak of his powers for Inter Milan.
However, Ferguson has since updated fans on the failed move and confessed a deal with the 2010 UEFA Midfielder of the season was never particularly close, despite the persistent media speculation – but did reveal the player he regrets not signing the most.
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Speaking to the UTD podcast, the former Red Devils boss explained: “Well, you mention the boy Sneijder, that’s come up a lot of times but we were never interested in Sneijder.
“I don’t know where that came from but you get a lot of them. Every Sunday, in The People, when I first came, they were throwing names in all the time, you know.”
The ex-United boss went on, revealing the missed signing that he regrets most from his tenure – an iconic figure of English football who always had keen admirers at Man Utd.
“In reality, you have to say, the only one that always comes to my mind and that’s [Paul] Gascoigne, ” claimed Ferguson.
“He was absolutely fantastic. I think if we’d have got him, he would have had a great career, I really do. I’m not saying he didn’t have a good career but he would have had a better career with us.
“We had Geordies in our squad like Robson, Bruce plus Bobby Charlton.
“Sir Bobby would have been a fantastic mentor to him because he’s such a fantastic man and even Gary Pallister, although he was from Middlesbrough and I know they don’t count that as a Geordie, as someone who understands the culture like Gary would. He promised to sign for us and I went on holiday.
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“I got a phone-call from the front desk from Martin Edwards saying he’d signed for Tottenham.
“He signed for Tottenham because they bought his mother a house for £80,000 and, dearie me, I couldn’t believe it, you know. He was a fantastic player.”
The story goes that Ferguson’s admiration of Gascoigne started in 1988 when the attacking midfielder ripped his United side apart, just two years before he would become a household name the world over due to his performances for England in the 1990 World Cup.
Instead, Spurs pipped United to the post after agreeing a British record £2.2 million deal with Newcastle.