Sir Alex Ferguson named the one Man Utd player he had most ‘doubts’ over before signing him

Sir Alex Ferguson named the one Manchester United player he had the most doubts over before signing. 

During his 27-year tenure at Old Trafford, the Scotsman solidified his position as one of the greatest managers in history.

Ferguson amassed a collection of FA Cups, League Cups, and Champions League victories while at United in addition to 13 Premier League wins.

Even Ferguson could make blunders in the transfer market, despite the fact that his tenure at the club was characterized by cunning and clever business.

In fact, for every bargain acquisition like Eric Cantona, Cristiano Ronaldo, or Peter Schmeichel, there were busts like Bebe and Gabriel Obertan.

However, Ferguson said that prior to bringing in Owen Hargreaves, he had severe “doubts” about the player.

“He could play right-back, wide right or central midfield,” he wrote in his second autobiography.

“I played him wide right in the 2008 final against Chelsea, and when we started to struggle against their midfield three, I put him in the middle of the park with Rooney wide right and it worked.

“He had definite value. But it was all lost in the fog of his lack of games.

“Yet, Hargreaves was fantastic for England at the 2006 World Cup, plugging gaps, racing to the ball.

“I look back less fondly on our move for Owen Hargreaves, who was phenomenal in the summer of 2006 and was just the type of player we needed to fill the gap left by Keane.

“We started to put together a bid for him. But I studied his playing record and felt a tinge of doubt. I didn’t feel a strong vibe about him.”

Elsewhere, Ferguson once said that Ralph Milne, who moved to Old Trafford in November 1988 from Third Division Bristol City, was his worst-ever signing.

He admitted in 2009, as per the Guardian: “My worst signing? Ralph Milne. I only paid £170,000 but I still get condemned for it.”


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