Ferguson regrets failed centre-back signing

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Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that he regretted not signing Mick Harford in the early nineties, as the Manchester United manager reflected on past transfer deadline days.

United were relatively quiet this transfer window, shoring up three signings before the end of June and not participating in the deadline day madness that Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City all went through.


And while some would say that Ferguson has been almost faultless in his system of choosing United signings in 25 years at the managerial post, the 69-year-old insists that missing out on Harford was a mistake.

“We lost the league in 1991 because our pitch was terrible,” Ferguson told the official Manchester United website.

“That’s why I tried to sign Mick Harford.

“To try and play football on that pitch was impossible and I thought if I got Mick, we could have just played it up there and let Mick whack the centre-halves out of the road. That was a mistake. We should have signed him.”

Manchester United can now boast one of the best pitches in the Barclays Premier League, and Ferguson puts this down to head groundsman Tony Sinclair’s handy work.

“The pitch is fantastic now,” the boss added. “Tony Sinclair has done a great job and it’s been of benefit to us.

“The pitches have been one of the factors in the improvement of the game. With the speed of the game nowadays, you need good pitches.”

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