Legendary Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson landed more than a few world-class operators in his day, but like any great boss, the Scotsman also signed a few flops
Sir Alex Ferguson admits he felt a doubt before signing Owen Hargreaves, whom he described as « one of the most disappointing signings of my career »
Legendary Manchester United manager Ferguson has landed more than a few world-class operators in his day, from Cristiano Ronaldo, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Wayne Rooney to Roy Keane, Edwin van der Sar and Rio Ferdinand
But as is the case with all the best bosses, the Scotsman has also signed a few flops for the Red Devils, including David Bellion and Bebe
Hargreaves already had a good reputation when he joined Manchester United from Bayern Munich in 2007 The midfielder had won four Bundesliga titles and the Champions League, and had also proven himself for the national team of England
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But Hargreaves’ playing record made Ferguson doubt the move would be a success before he arrived at Old Trafford – an idea that, in hindsight, turned out to be just on the money.
In his autobiography, Ferguson explained, “I think less fondly of our move to Owen Hargreaves, who was phenomenal in the summer of 2006 and was just the type of player we needed to fill the void left by Keane.
« We started to put together an offer for him But I studied his record and felt a tinge of doubt I didn’t feel a strong vibe about him
« I met Owen’s agent at the World Cup final in Berlin Handsome man, lawyer I told him we could develop Hargreaves at United It turned out to be a disaster
« Owen had no confidence in himself. He didn’t show enough determination to overcome his physical difficulties, for my taste
« I’ve seen him go too often for the easy choice in terms of training. He was one of the most disappointing signings of my career »
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