Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted he regrets not signing ‘unbelievable’ Paul Gascoigne for Manchester United. England hero Gazza enjoyed spells at Newcastle United, Tottenham, Lazio, Rangers Middlesbrough and Everton as a player. He was close to signing for Man United in the late-1980s and Fergie believes the move would have been huge for the Red Devils and Gascoigne himself. In an interview with his former player Gary Neville for LADbibleTV, Ferguson was asked which player he regrets not signing and said: ‘Gascoigne, without question.
‘I think he was the best English player since Bobby Charlton. I think he was a fantastic player. ‘Unfortunately, we didn’t get him and I think, looking back now, he made a big mistake. He recognised it himself years later. ‘But we had Geordies in the camp. We had Bobby Charlton, Bryan Robson, Steve Bruce, even Gary Pallister from Middlesbrough.
He was unbelievable and I said to [former Man Utd chairman] Martin Edwards on the way home: ‘Sign this boy. Get on the phone to him on Monday.’ ‘And by that time, he had already done a deal with Tottenham, which was really unfortunate. That was a disappointment because he agreed to sign and then Tottenham changed his mind by buying his mother and father a house.’ Ferguson was speaking ahead of the May 29 release of his new documentary, Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In, which premiered on Thursday night. During his 27-year stint as Manchester United manager, Ferguson helped the club win 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups, four League Cups and two Champions Leagues.