Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed his regret at passing up the chance to sign Joe Hart for £100,000 earlier in his career.
Hart, 24, joined Manchester City from Shrewsbury in 2006 and has become England’s first-choice goalkeeper.
But Ferguson told BBC Radio 5 live: “I could have bought Joe Hart for £100,000 so we all make mistakes.”
SOURCE: BBC Sport
Whilst it’s true that every manager, some more than most, will have made a similar mistake to that admitted by Sir Alex Ferguson here, this one could well end up costing Man United the title.
Given that the Scot could have picked up Joe Hart for just £100k, and that he then moved to Man City soon afterwards, and that the Etihad Stadium side have conceded just 19 goals in 25 Premier League matches and you can see just what a difference the England international has made to help boost the defensive capabilities of Roberto Mancini’s side.
Then when you factor in that Sir Alex spent upwards of £15m on Spanish youngster David de Gea to replace Edwin van der Sar, a price that currently seems like a big one given that the former Atletico Madrid man hasn’t exactly covered himself in glory, it’s a mistake that Ferguson will be big enough to admit has been a big one.
That said, Sir Alex Ferguson is of course one of the shrewdest operators in the transfer market and has had far more successes than failures to date.
Oddly enough it’s back up keeper purchase Anders Lindegaard who has impressed most out of the keeping options open to the Man United boss and the Dane only cost the Old Trafford side around £3.5m and it may be that signing that in the long run appears to be the bargain, but only time will tell.