Ferguson reveals the player he regrets not signing for Man United
Sir Alex Ferguson has named Paul Gascoigne as the player he wishes he got to manage during his time at Manchester United.
The ex-Man United boss is promoting his documentary which is titled Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In. This is set to be released on May 29 and the premiere took place on Thursday evening.
Ahead of the release, as broadcasted by SPORTbible, Ferguson was interviewed by his former player Gary Neville.
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During the interview, the legendary manager named Harry Kane, Son Heung-Min, Dele Alli and Sergio Aguero as four current players he wishes he could manage.
Ferguson also suggested that Gascoigne made a “big mistake” not joining Man United:
“Gascoigne, without question,” Ferguson said. “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. 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.
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“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.”