Here in the Football Transfer Tavern we’ve been transfixed with all the stories and reports emerging from Sir Alex Ferguson’s highly anticipated book that was finally revealed earlier this week.
Ferguson has opened up about his 26-years at Old Trafford with a number of past players and some enemies receiving some harsh treatment as the Scot comes clean about life at the biggest club in the world.
It is a reminder to United fans what they are missing under his successor David Moyes as United’s Premier League struggles continue and now reports have emerged that life could have been even better under Ferguson.
Todays’ Mirror Football reports claims from former assistant manager Mike Phelan that the club would have signed “one of the best players in the world” last summer had Fergie not ended his glorious time at Old Trafford.
Since he moved to Real Madrid in a world record deal, suggestions in the Football Transfer Tavern have been that United made a late £100 million offer to sign Gareth Bale from Tottenham in August and Phelan has added some weight to these reports by indicating that the club have the finances to sign a marquee player.
“I won’t name the player, but if Sir Alex and David Gill had still been the bosses, there would have been a star signing — one of the absolute best players in the world,” Phelan said.
“It was something the boss talked about and the owners and David Gill were also quite clear on doing it. There’s very few of such players out there. I think it’s clear to everybody who I’m talking about.
“We didn’t see the need for a big clear-out of the squad, that’s why Sir Alex and I had one big signing in sight. One such star signing gives everybody a lift, we saw that with Robin van Persie.”
Who do you think United would have brought had Gill and Ferguson remained with the club? Let us know your thoughts below.
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