Manchester United legend Patrice Evra claims Sir Alex Ferguson retired soon after his demands to sign Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale fell on deaf ears.
The legendary Red Devils manager called time on his astounding football career in 2013 a couple of weeks before he won his 13th Premier League title. It was a wonderful end to an even more incredible 27 years at the Old Trafford helm.
Ferguson also won two Champions League titles, four League Cups, five FA Cups, and the Club World Cup, establishing United as a global footballing power. However, there could have been even more success as the iconic Scot reportedly wanted to stay at the Reds for another ten years.
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“First of all, it was really sad to hear Ferguson was leaving,” Evra said to Betfair. “Two weeks before the end of the League, I remember Ferguson coming to me.
“He said, ‘Patrice, I see in the Press that I’m going to leave, but trust me I will be here in another 10 years’. He told me ‘we need to win the Champions League again and I need two players’.
“One was Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale. I think it was something like £200m to get those two players back at the club, at the time.
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“United, the board, or whatever, they didn’t agree with that. And now you can see, we spend even more money than that and look where we are.
“So that’s why it was really painful.” Ever since Ferguson’s departure, United have burnt through four permanent managers and one interim boss.
David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer were all handed the keys to Old Trafford and were ruthlessly sacked, while Ralf Rangnick was brought in on an interim basis before making way for Erik ten Hag this season. United have only won the FA Cup, the League Cup, and the Europa League throughout this particular period in their history.
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