Date: 4th January 2007 at 4:47pm
Written by:

One of the greatest talents of English football history eventually turned down Manchester United and joined Spurs instead who bought his parents a house. Fergie still regrets this, his frustration only increased by the fact Gazza failed to fulfill his enormous potential.

The Scot told Newcastle he would happily exchange Gascoigne for any United player except Captain Marvel who was indispensable. He had a verbal agreement with the player who joined Spurs while our Boss was enjoying his holiday…

‘The biggest regret would be missing out on Paul Gascoigne,’ Fergie revealed.

‘With all the Geordies here at the time and Newcastle being only two-and-a-half hours up the road, he knows it was a mistake going to London.

‘I’ll always remember during my first full season going up to St James’ Park after we’d got these reports in advance on this dumpy local boy we needed to keep an eye on!

‘He had real talent, the boy. He annihilated the three I put out against him that day – Bryan Robson, Remi Moses and Norman Whiteside. He beat us 2-1 single-handed.

‘No question he and Wayne Rooney are the most talented players this country has produced in 20 years.’

Gascoigne seems to know he missed a great chance to become an Old Trafford legend, as he recently admitted he would have loved to have seen what it would have been playing for the Reds.

‘Every player can look back and say `if’ and my life has been all about if I hadn’t done this or hadn’t done that. But I have moved on from that.

‘I am just glad Alex speaks to me now, because I did upset him, and he is not one of the guys you would like to upset.’

Well guys, just imagine a team with Gascoigne, Keane, Cantona, Giggs… no wonder Fergie is still reflecting sadly on the summer of 1988.