United reject still thinks Ferguson is world's best manager

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Former-Manchester United winger Gabriel Obertan has no regrets about moving to Old Trafford, despite failing to nail down a first-team place.

The French youth international joined Newcastle after a difficult two years at Manchester United, but Obertan insists he didn't move to Old Trafford too early, and enjoyed his time under Sir Alex Ferguson - a manager he thinks is the world's best.

The 23-year-old was recommended to Sir Alex Ferguson by then-Bordeaux coach and former-United centre-back Laurent Blanc, but failed to break into the United first-team.

Obertan blames that failure on injuries, which hampered his development and kept him sidelined.

"I had a fracture in my back," Obertan told Sud-Ouest [quoted on ESPN]. "When I was in Lorient [on loan from Bordeaux] I had pain after a collision.

"When I was injured, he [Ferguson] stayed very close to me. He is the best coach in the world. I wanted to always be on the pitch, but all players do. I remember only positives about my two years in Manchester.

"I am happy in England, I have no regrets," continued Obertan.

The French winger has found opportunities at Newcastle similarly limited, with Hatem Ben Arfa, Jonas Gutierrez and Sylvain Marveaux ahead of him in the pecking order.

Obertan has represented France at every youth level from under-16s onwards, but is yet to earn a full national team cap.

The pacey winger was signed by Manchester United for £3m in 2009, but moved to Newcastle two years later for £2m. The Frenchman has just under four years remaining on his Magpies contract.

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