Manchester United have missed out on several star names over the decades - including, Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed, Frank Lampard.
The Scot has revealed that he regrets not signing the England midfielder, who now looks set to become Chelsea's all-time top scorer, during his formative years at West Ham.
"I looked at him when he was at West Ham as a young player," Ferguson told the Mirror. "Where else could I have got 200 goals from midfield?
“Lampard is fantastic, he’s an incredible player.
“If he gets to the 202-goal record at Chelsea it will be a fantastic achievement. I don’t think there will be another midfield player who will do that again."
“I looked at him when he was at West Ham as a young player – and I have regretted not doing the deal ever since. Where else could I have got 200 goals from midfield?"
“Lampard is quite phenomenal."
“He has the great knack that Bryan Robson had of timing when to arrive in the box. John Wark at Ipswich was another one. They can time their runs – and that has brought Frank more than 200 goals."
“On top of that, I can’t ever ¬remember him being injured. That part of it is down to luck, but he has had a great career, all right.”
Lampard was tracked by Ferguson as he was making waves breaking through at West Ham as a youngster. He failed to make a move at the point of time which proved costly as Chelsea swooped in with a £11m bid. The rest, as they say, is history.
The England international is no doubt a Chelsea legend with 604 appearances and an astonishing 201 goals as a midfielder. His future at the Blues is, however, in doubt as contract talks have reached a halt.
Should Lampard become available for free, should Ferguson look to sign up the one that got away?
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