Ex-Man Utd Assistant Reveals 3 Stars Ferguson Wanted To Sign Before Retiring
Ex-Manchester United Assistant Reveals 3 Stars Sir Alex Ferguson Wanted To Sign Before Retiring
A former Manchester United assistant coach has revealed the names of three stars Sir Alex Ferguson was interested in signing during his final season at Old Trafford – one of whom now plays for Manchester City.
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Dutch coach Rene Meulensteen, Fergie's right-hand man at United, recently opened up about the final season he spent with the Scot at Old Trafford, and has claimed the legendary manager had asked his scouting department to keep a close eye on three German stars, all of whom were playing for Borussia Dortmund.
"The fact that he was going to retire or finish came to me and a lot of others as a complete bombshell. He was as sharp as ever," Meulensteen told Manchester Evening News.
"He was always an early bird, always arriving early at Carrington. I didn't read anything in him where it suggested it would be his last season. We had very normal staff meetings regarding pre-season. That year we were going to Australia. Sir Alex even mentioned taking us to one of the best vineyards out there. I was looking forward to that!
"We had possible scouting meetings, possible players we were looking at in terms of trying to build a picture of what we think we need. All that was ongoing.
"We looked at a few German players like Hummels, who went to Bayern Munich. I think we looked at Gundogan and Reus, too. There was a number of players but we never got that specific to really target them."
Ferguson and Meulensteen won 13 trophies together, including five Premier League titles and the UEFA Champions League.
Do you think United would have been a stronger force now if the Scot had landed the three abovementioned German stars? Have your say in the comments section below.