Sir Alex Ferguson claims Manchester United ‘were never interested’ in signing Wesley Sneijder but expresses his regret that the club failed to sign former England star Paul Gascoigne 

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  • Wesley Snyder has repeatedly been linked with Manchester United moves
  • The Dutchman was seen as one of the best players in the world of his time
  • Paul Gascoigne opted to join Tottenham instead of Red Devils in 1988

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Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed the club has ‘never taken an interest’ in signing Wesley Snyder, although he regrets not signing Paul Gascoigne.

Snyder was repeatedly linked with moves to Manchester United during his time at both Real Madrid and Inter Milan.

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The now-retired Dutchman was seen as one of the best players in the world and played a starring role in Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan side which achieved the treble in the 2009–10 season.

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Sir Alex Ferguson denies Manchester United were interested in Wesley Snejder

But when asked about the midfielder utd podcast, Ferguson replied: ‘Well, you mention the boy Sneijder, it has come up several times but we were never interested in Sneijder.

‘I don’t know where that came from but you get a lot of them. Every Sunday, at The People, when I first came, they were throwing names all the time, you know.’

Another name associated with United was former Newcastle and Tottenham star Paul Gascoigne.

Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken again about his regret that United did not sign Paul Gascoigne

Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken again about his regret that United did not sign Paul Gascoigne

Ferguson let it be no secret that he tried to take on the great England star when he was at Newcastle in 1988.

The 79-year-old believes Gascoigne could have had a ‘better career’ had he picked United over Tottenham.

He added: ‘Actually, you have to say, the only one that always comes to my mind is Gascoigne. He was absolutely wonderful. I think if we had found him, his career would have been great, I really do.

“I’m not saying he didn’t have a good career, but he would have had a better career with us.

Gascoigne was close to the Red Devils before picking Tottenham in 1988

Gascoigne was close to the Red Devils before picking Tottenham in 1988

“We had Geordies like (Brian) Robson, (Steve) Bruce plus Bobby Charlton in our squad.

‘Sir Bobby must have been a wonderful mentor to him as he is such a wonderful man and even Gary Pallister, although he was from Middlesbrough and I know he does not regard it as a Geordi, who Understands culture like Gary. He promised to sign for us and I went on vacation.

‘I got a call from the front desk from Martin Edwards (former club president) saying he had signed for Tottenham.

‘He signed for Tottenham because they bought his mother a house for £80,000 and, I dear, I can’t believe it, you know. He was a great player.

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