Sir Alex Ferguson claims Manchester United ‘were never interested’ in signing Wesley Sneijder but expresses his regret that the club failed to sign former England star Paul Gascoigne
- Wesley Sneijder was repeatedly linked with moves to Manchester United
- The Dutchman was seen as one of the best players in the world at his time
- Paul Gascoigne opted to join Tottenham instead of the Red Devils in 1988
Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed the club were ‘never interested’ in signing Wesley Sneijder, though he does have regret they didn’t sign Paul Gascoigne.
Sneijder was repeatedly linked with moves to Manchester United during his time at both Real Madrid and Inter Milan.
The now-retired Dutchman was seen as one of the best players in the world and played a starring role in Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan side that clinched the treble in the 2009-10 season.
Sir Alex Ferguson has denied that Manchester United were interested in Wesley Sneijder
When quizzed about the midfielder on the UTD podcast, Ferguson responded: ‘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.’
Another name that United were linked to was former Newcastle and Tottenham star Paul Gascoigne.
Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken again of his regret that United didn’t sign Paul Gascoigne
Ferguson has let it be no secret that he tried to take the legendary England star when he was at Newcastle in 1988.
The 79-year-old believes Gascoigne could have had a ‘better career’ had he chose United over Tottenham.
He said: ‘In reality, you have to say, the only one that always comes to my mind and that’s Gascoigne. 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.
Gascoigne was close to a move to the Red Devils before instead opting for Tottenham in 1988
‘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, as 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 (the club’s former chairman) 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.’