Manchester United rejected the chance to sign one of the best players to ever play the game over the past decade. The man in question is Franck Ribery. Apparently, Sir Alex Ferguson passed up on the opportunity to land the Frenchman when he was at Marseille.
That’s according to his mate, Alastair Campbell, who has been speaking to Kicker as per the Manchester Evening News Fergie went to scout Ribery personally, but actually left after just 45 mintues as he’d seen enough.
At the end of the day, Fergie was one of the best managers in the business, but he’s only human and everyone will get it wrong from time to time. That’s just the nature of the sport.
It doesn’t mean that he didn’t like Ribery as a player, perhaps he just didn’t think that at the time, he didn’t fit the tactics Ferguson was implying during his time as Manchester United boss.
Given the countless trophies that the great Scot won for us in almost thirty years, I think we can forgive him of this one. Who knows, if we’d have signed Ribery, we may not have witnessed some other stars come through the ranks at the Theatre of Dreams.