Manchester United would have made a legend out of Torres

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Even with a feast of exciting European action taking place this week, undoubtedly the biggest football story of the last seven days was the keenly-anticipated launch of former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson's latest autobiography on Tuesday.

Having brought unrivalled success to Old Trafford during a phenomenal 27-year stint in the United dugout that included a number of infamous feuds with rival managers and a several of Ferguson's own players, the book was always going to feature a number of juicy and altogether riveting recollections.

One particular under-appreciated gem buried among the plethora of intriguing and potentially controversial themes, was Ferguson's apparent admission that United both monitored and indeed attempted to sign Chelsea striker Fernando Torres during his formative years as a teenager with La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid.

Such a move never materialised, however, and Torres eventually became a star with Los Rojiblancos, scoring almost 100 goals as a firm fans favourite at the Vicente Calderon.

He did eventually complete his move to the Premier League, of course, joining Rafael Benitez's Spanish revolution at Liverpool in 2007. Torres largely proved to be a hit with United's fiercest foes, developing a reputation as arguably the world's most relentlessly clinical frontman.

Despite his mostly prolific period with the Reds, though, Torres has subsequently been heavily criticised by many since his £50 million move from Anfield to West London in January 2011. 

Having seemingly become such a figure of fun due to accusations that he has abjectly failed to live up to his hefty price tag at Stamford Bridge, Torres must hear such revelations and truly wonder what might have been had he successfully completed that switch to United all those years ago.

In my view, he would have become an undisputed legend and forged a reputation to rival even the most celebrated United stars.

With a consistent platform with which to build his career and the opportunity to compete for silverware on the elite stage year in and year out, Torres would have had the welcome opportunity to establish himself and his fearsome goalscoring exploits in world class surroundings.

And, given that he was only a teenager at the exact time that Ferguson claims to have chased his signature, Torres would have been able to blossom totally free of that aforementioned price tag that has acted as such a damning and troublesome weight around his neck in recent seasons.

Had Torres moved to United when the opportunity apparently arose, he surely would not have suffered from the same chronic lack of confidence that has blighted his spell in blue.

The fact is, he would probably have never sought to leave the club in search of further opportunity to compete for trophies in the first place.

Manchester United and particularly Torres certainly missed a trick by failing to cement a joint partnership.

While it does not appear to have affected the former to a large degree given the formidable success they have enjoyed without him, it certainly would not have adversely affected their title credentials to possess such a potent weapon.

In fact, you have to think that his addition and subsequent period at Old Trafford could have seen the club win even more silverware under the iconic figure of Ferguson.

The Spaniard could have been an Old Trafford legend. Sadly, we will never know what might have been.

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