Fergie's top 10 mistakes

 Fergie's top 10 mistakes

Manchester United have made their worst start to an English Premier League campaign under new manager David Moyes, who has been criticised for his lack of transfer market activity, his ill-advised squad rotation and for dispensing with Sir Alex Ferguson's backroom staff.

Many pundits have suggested that United are simply a mediocre team, who excelled because of the brilliance of their previous manager. However, Fergie was hardly immune from making massive errors during his time at the helm. Our columnist rates his blunders, with No. 1 his worst.


When Juan Sebastian Veron arrived at Old Trafford in 2001 for a whopping £28.1 million ($56.2m), he'd just led Lazio to their first Serie A title in over 40 years and was considered by some to be the second-best midfielder in world football after Zinedine Zidane.

Despite scoring on his debut against Everton, producing mesmerising performances in the Champions League and completely dominating an Arsenal team in a match that secured the title for United in 2003, the Argentinian was allowed to leave for Chelsea for a mere £15m after just two seasons.

Sir Alex's rigid 4-4-2 formation left Veron either out of position or without the midfield minder he needed in order to thrive.


In the summer of 1988, United failed in their attempts to sign the hottest property in English football because Spurs threw in a sunbed to seal the deal.

Well, not quite. Paul Gascoigne was just the player United needed in order to finally wrest the league title from Liverpool and Fergie verbally agreed a deal with the Geordie genius before jetting off on holiday.

But, as Gascoigne prepared to move to Manchester, Tottenham chairman Irving Scholar called, saying: "Paul, if you sign for us instead, we'll give you £2,500 a week and we'll buy your dad a house and a BMW."

Gazza's sister then shouted: "And I want a sunbed."

Scholar obliged, and the rest is history.

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