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Ferguson reveals his biggest transfer regret at Manchester United

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The legendary former Red Devils manager has revealed player he regrets not bringing to Old Trafford was Paul Gascoigne.

Former Tottenham and England midfielder Paul Gascoigne is the player that Sir Alex Ferguson wishes he signed for Manchester United.

Gascoigne revealed in his autobiography that he had promised Ferguson he would join United in 1988 before ending up at Tottenham instead. He spent four years in north London and then joined Lazio in Italy.

Now speaking in a UTD Podcast over three decades later, Ferguson revealed his regrets over the failed transfer and gave his side of the story.

“In reality, you have to say, there’s only one that always comes to my mind, and that’s Gascoigne,” the Scot said on the player he regrets not signing.

“He was absolutely fantastic. I think if we’d have got him, he would have had a great career, I really do. I’m not saying he didn’t have a good career but he would have had a better career with us.

“We had Geordies in our squad like Bryan Robson, Steve Bruce plus Bobby Charlton. Sir Bobby would have been a fantastic mentor to him because he’s such a fantastic man and even Gary Pallister, although he was from Middlesbrough and I know they don’t count that as a Geordie … someone who understands the culture like Gary would.

“He promised to sign for us and I went on holiday. I got a phone call from the front desk from Martin Edwards saying he’d signed for Tottenham. He signed for Tottenham because they bought his mother a house for £80,000 and, dearie me, I couldn’t believe it, you know. He was a fantastic player.”