Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed a list of seven players he missed out on signing during his legendary reign as manager of Manchester United.
Ferguson was in charge at Old Trafford from 1986 until his retirement in 2013.
With 49 trophies to his name, he is the most successful manager in football history.
He worked with some of the biggest names in Premier League history, including Eric Cantona, Mark Hughes, Peter Schmeichel, Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney.
But Ferguson has revealed that he had the chance to sign more big names, including players from rival clubs.
The seven are:
Petr Cech: “I went to see him in 2003 for Rennes. We thought Petr was a bit young for the bruisers in the Premier League.”
Didier Drogba: “We went to check him out [at Marseille] but the club wanted £25 million and Chelsea moved in for the kill before we had made up our minds.”
Thomas Muller: “He was a ten-year-old when we heard about him. We had him watched and the following day he committed himself to Bayern Munich.”
Ronaldo: “We wanted to sign the Brazilian striker from Cruzeiro in 1994, but we could not get a work permit and he went to PSV Eindhoven.”
Sergio Aguero: “His agent was demanding a price we were not prepared to pay,”
Lucas Moura: “We offered £35 million but Paris Saint-Germain signed him for £45 million.”
Raphael Varane: “In 2011 I hurtled down to Lille. Zinedine Zidane got wind of this and somehow scooped him up for Real Madrid.”
Ferguson was speaking at the launch of his new book, Leading, out this week.
by Steve Osborne