Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that he turned down the chance to sign David Silva before he joined Manchester City because he's not a good defender.
The Spanish international joined the Citizens from Valencia back in 2010 for £24 million, and has helped the club claim two Premier League titles in that time, while he's also won the European Championships and the World Cup with his country.
However it could have been very different had Ferguson decided to make a move for Silva. The legendary Manchester United boss was offered the chance to sign the 29-year-old, but opted against doing just that because he had concerns over the playmaker's defensive contribution.
“We watched Silva a lot when he was at Valencia,” said Ferguson, who was promoting his new book, Leading “And the other player they had, the same type, years before it, played in that No.10 role.
“My problem with that was you have to be very, very good to play in that position, because there's no defensive duties for them. So if you're wanting to be really successful, everyone has to do their turn, has to work, you know?
“So I had a difficulty with that. But, in the end, of course, there's the greats. You could say Lionel Messi was a No.10 type, Maradona, some fantastic players, and I don't dispute that. But at United we always found it difficult. The kind of No.10 I used came from my experience as a footballer.”
Manchester United will resume their Premier League campaign after the international break when they take on Everton, and Red Devils boss Lous van Gaal is hoping for a quadruple injury boost. Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick, Marcos Rojo and Ander Herrera have all been sidelined in recent weeks, however they're set to return for the game at Goodison Park.