Alex Ferguson thought Franck Ribery was not good enough for Man United
Sunday, September 24, 2017
Alastair Campbell has revealed it took Sir Alex Ferguson just 45 minutes to decide he wasn’t going to try and sign Franck Ribery for Manchester United.
The revelation is made in volume six of his diaries, as the Sunday Times report Tony Blair’s former communications chief was with Fergie to watch Ribery in action against Bolton during a 2006 UEFA Cup match.
“Alex was watching Franck Ribery, the Marseille winger, but decided by half-time that he was not good enough for United,” Campbell wrote.
The first leg at the Reebok finished 0-0, with Bolton losing 2-1 in the second leg where Ribery scored. He was named the Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year for the 2005/06 season and moved to Bayern Munich in 2007, winning seven league titles, five German Cups and the Champions League in the 10 years since.
United, meanwhile, embarked on their own period of success with three consecutive Premier League titles coming between 2007 and 2009, as well as three Champions League final appearances in four years between 2008 and 2011, winning once.
Read the full article here, including what one Liverpool fan called him as a result of his friendship with Fergie.