England legend Paul Gascoigne has admitted that he sometimes wonders if he should have joined Manchester United rather than Tottenham Hotspur in 1988 after becoming a national star at Newcastle United.
Joining comedian Russell Brand in an interview with Fletch and Sav, as relayed by BT Sport, the 47-year-old joked about how he blamed his family for his decision to join Spurs instead of the Red Devils, but also revealed that he does often ponder what might have been.
When asked whether or not he thought maybe things might have worked out different had he penned a deal at Old Trafford, Gazza responded positively.
"You know, sometimes, I do look back and think about what would have been if, what would I have won at Man United," he said.
"When I signed for Spurs, Man United weren’t winning everything, but then all the young kids came through and they started winning everything. It’s probably one of the regrets I have.”
"It’s probably one of the regrets I have"
Indeed in hindsight it does look like the former midfielder made something of a mistake by snubbing Sir Alex Ferguson, as United went on to solidify their status as one of the best clubs in the world under the Scot.
In contrast Gascoigne's career at White Hart Lane was rather hit and miss, with an terrible injury sustained in the 1991 FA Cup final against Nottingham Forest ruling him out for the entirety of the 1991/92 campaign.
Since then both clubs have had varying fortunes, with United becoming the dominant force in England under Sir Alex, and Tottenham rather struggling to live up to a billing anywhere near as impressive. The Lilywhites yo-yo'd up and down the table for a time, and currently find themselves battling most seasons for a Champions League spot virtue of a top four finish.
Meanwhile Gascoigne himself has suffered over the years due to the allures of various vices. He now seems to have his life back on track, but fans will always wonder what might have been had one of England’s greatest ever players joined forces with arguably the greatest manager the English game has ever seen.
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