Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson claims missing out on Paul Gascoigne is his biggest transfer regret.
The Scot was close to landing ‘Gazza’ in 1988, but the talismanic midfielder opted to sign for Tottenham Hotspur instead of the Red Devils.
25 years later, and the former Newcastle star is on the road to recovery after a well-publicised battle with alcoholism left him close to death in America.
How different things would have been if he’d moved to Old Trafford is up for debate, but Ferguson insists both he and the player regret the decision that was made.
"I have always said when Paul Gascoigne chose to go to Tottenham Hotspur ahead of Manchester United it was a big mistake," he told Sirius XM.
"He always regretted that. He was a fantastic footballer. He was the best player England produced since the days of Bobby Charlton."
The Manchester United chief also spoke on this season’s Premier League title race, admitting he’s surprised at the club’s 15-point advantage.
With so many clubs challenging for the top four the battle for wins is fierce this season, but Ferguson’s side have responded superbly to their last-gasp heartache in the race for the English league championship last season.
"With Manchester City coming on the scene in the last couple of years and Chelsea and Arsenal and Tottenham, you have teams vying for that top-four position," added Ferguson.
"I expected it to be really tight. The first point was that after last season, we wanted to make sure we didn't lose it on goal difference, and that has improved markedly.
“But I never thought we would be 15 points clear at this stage of the season."
Manchester United can move further clear with victory in the early kick-off at Sunderland on Saturday, whilst title rivals Manchester City host Newcastle United.
Spurs, meanwhile, travel to Swansea City, with manager Andre Villas-Boas hoping to bring Champions League football back to White Hart Lane next season.