Joe Hart has become a key figure for Manchester City and England
Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted he made a mistake in failing to sign goalkeeper Joe Hart for £100,000 when he had the chance.
Hart has become a key part of Manchester City's Premier League title charge this season, after United's arch-rivals initially paid Shrewsbury Town around £600,000 to sign him while still a teenager back in 2006.
Ferguson has now revealed he had the chance to capture the shot-stopper even before that, a missed opportunity the Scot now regrets as Hart has gone on to prove himself arguably the brightest English goalkeeping talent of the last 20 years.
United, meanwhile, have had issues with the No. 1 position this season - as £20 million summer signing David De Gea has struggled to settle and understudy Anders Lindegaard has recently been sidelined through injury.
"I could have bought Joe Hart for £100,000 so we all make mistakes," Ferguson told the BBC.
He added: "If you look at the England goalkeeper situation for the last 20 years, I would think he's easily the best."
In a wide-ranging interview that also touched on his favourite music, 70-year-old Ferguson confirmed that he still believes he has another two or three years left as manager of United - intimating that if his health remains he will only leave Old Trafford when the time is right.
"I think you always want to go out on a winning note," he added. "Hopefully we can do that.
"I don't know how long I can last now but if my health stays up I don't think another two or three years would harm me."
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Funny how everyone bar Mancini thinks he is world class, As a MU supporter i am surprised Mancini doesn't give Joe the credit he deserves.
hart could still end up at old trafford if he ever wants to play for a big club, he will stay at city though if he is motivated by money.
City fans won't like it but the fact is they are an average size rich club, nowhere near the super clubs like ac milan, man u, barca etc
Joe Hart is a great keeper, but for united, they don't need him, de gea has made some fantastic saves, some world class, he is young and very young for a goalie, he has years to mature, he stopped liverpool from getting level at old trafford, and more games iv seen him play, he's got the flair of some super keepers, may i say it GORDON BANKS, he has all the traits of that great keeper, give him time
and thats from a pool fan
uk buyer.......did you not realise stories and threads can evolve into discussing something different, but within a similar subject? You above all others should realise that. After all, we all chat on here about football, but you come on here talking sh*t on a regular basis.
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