Sir Alex makes it abundantly clear he wants French playmaker to move to Old Trafford.
Sir Alex Ferguson admits he is a fan of Franck Ribery and admits stopping the Frenchman, along with Arjen Robben, will be key to Manchester United overcoming Bayern Munich.
Ribery has regularly been mooted as a transfer target for United, with reports claiming the club will hold talks over a potential £40million deal when they meet Bayern in the UEFA Champions League.
United head to the Allianz Arena for Tuesday’s quarter-final first leg, with Ferguson pinpointing Ribery and former Chelsea winger Robben as Bayern’s danger men.
But, while Ferguson admires Ribery’s ability, he believes the 26-year-old is not quite in the same bracket as Lionel Messi and his own striker Wayne Rooney.
“Robben and Ribery are the ones who have been carrying the banner for Bayern,” Ferguson told The People.
“They have been behind in games so many times and one of those two has always rescued them, so they are obviously the players to watch.
“Ribery is a fine player and I like him a lot. I’m not sure he’s up with Lionel Messi and Wayne Rooney, but he’s a good player. As for Robben, he’s one that got away.
“We were close to signing him when he was at PSV Eindhoven, but Chelsea had that arrangement and some sort of operation with PSV because they put Alex there for a couple of years. (Sky Sports)
Could there be a better time for the Old Trafford boss to play this mind game? The answer is clearly “no”. Sir Alex Ferguson has become a Jedi Knight of mind trickery and his decision to make his interest in French International Franck Ribery just days before Manchester United take on Bayern Munich is expertly timed.
There are a number of high profile clubs looking to snap up the talented playmaker and many believe that Ribery could be the long term replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo and if indeed the club does make its move to snap up the Allianz Arena man then it would represent a record breaking bid by the Premier League champions but one well worth making.
Real Madrid have also said to be interested in the former Marseille man but they could well be lacking the funds to do so after spending obscene amounts in last summer’s transfer window and that could well leave Manchester United in the driving seat with perhaps only local rivals Man City able to challenge them for the 26 year old’s signature, especially as the word coming from Stamford Bridge is that Roman Abramovich isn’t too keen on splashing the cash after being hit hard during the global recession.