Alex McLeish has said that Manchester United considered signing Glasgow Rangers legend Barry Ferguson when Roy Keane departed the club.
Ferguson is undoubtedly a legend at Ibrox, having won five Scottish Premierships, five Scottish Cups and five Scottish League Cups across two spells covering nine years. He did spend some time away from the 54-time Scottish champions, with him appearing for both Birmingham City and Blackburn in England, but it was north of the border where he was at his best.
McLeish has said that Sir Alex Ferguson was even interested in signing him thanks to displays. He told Open Goal (via The Scottish Sun):
“There was a spell when Barry was at Blackburn and Alex Ferguson said he was considering going for him.
“He told me that privately and he definitely thought about it.
“I don’t know if was around when Roy Keane left but he certainly did consider Barry.
“Barry could play any stadium in the world and not be fazed. He had such a belief in himself.”
This is a huge endorsement of Ferguson’s ability – his managerial namesake is one of the greatest ever, having won 13 Premier League titles and two Champions Leagues during his time at Old Trafford – they have won three overall. In the end, other English sides signed him, and the £7.5m that Blackburn paid for his services also shows his credentials.
Would Barry Ferguson have been a success at Manchester United?
Would he have been a success had he moved to the Red Devils? Who knows. It is a question that will forever remain unanswered.
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