Manchester United great Sir Ale Ferguson has opened up on the transfer saga that surrounded Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder during his time in charge of the club.
Sneijder was linked with a move to United after helping Inter Milan to their treble-winning season in 2009/10 under Jose Mourinho but according to Ferguson in an interview with United Podcast, they were never interested in the player.
"Well, you mention the boy Sneijder. That's come up a lot of times but we were never interested in Sneijder. I don't know where that came from but you get a lot of them. Every Sunday, in The People, when I first came, they were throwing names in all the time, you know," Ferguson said.
Ferguson however admitted that he missed on signing England great Paul Gascoigne. United had agreed on a deal with Newcastle for him in the summer of 1988, only for the Geordie livewire to change his mind at the last minute to join Tottenham.
"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 Robson, 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, as someone who understands the culture as Gary would. He promised to sign for us and I went on holiday," the boss added.
Ferguson is regarded as the greatest football manager of all time, having won 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups, and two Champions Leagues for the Red Devils.