Alex Ferguson explains the one thing he regrets doing at Manchester United

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After winning 38 trophies during his 26 years at Manchester United, you wouldn’t think that Sir Alex Ferguson had any regrets during his career at Old Trafford.

The legendary Scottish boss won 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups and two Champions League trophies during his reign at the Red Devils and established himself as one of the best manager's in world football.

However, he has recalled the one big regret he has from his time in charge of United.

No, it’s not falling out with any high-profile players - which he did on numerous occasions - but failing to reach the Champions League final in 2002.

But it wasn’t simply his inability to guide United to a Champions League final that was his biggest regret. It was the fact that he felt that he jinxed his side’s chances by going to see potential hotels in Glasgow - the host city for the final that they never reached.

United were favourites to progress to the final when they faced German side Bayer Leverkusen but could only manage a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford in the first-leg before a 1-1 draw in the return fixture eliminated them on the away goal rule.

“The one I really regret was not taking Manchester United to the final in 2002,” he said.

“The whole build up was about getting to the final in Glasgow, but we lost the semi-final to Leverkusen.

“We were a bit unlucky - we ran out of time,” he joked, with a reference to the famous 'Fergie time'. “The referee couldn’t understand my time and his time!”

"In the build up to the final at Hampden, I was told to go up to Glasgow and check out hotels.

“So I went up and checked out hotels that would have been ideal for us. I was driving back from Glasgow and I said: ‘I don’t like it, why have I done this?’ And then we lost the semi-final, but that’s life.”

Even if United had found their way past Leverkusen, they would have had the tough task of trying to beat Real Madrid in the final.

The Spanish giants edged past the German side in the final - thanks mainly to Zinedine Zidane’s incredible left-foot volley which saw them triumph 2-1 in Scotland.

If Ferguson hadn’t jinxed his own side then we may never have seen that Zidane wonder goal.

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