Sir Alex Ferguson: "I would love to have signed Paul Gascoigne"

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson reveals that he was disappointed to have missed out on signing Paul Gascoigne.

Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed his regret at having failed to make Paul Gascoigne a Manchester United player.

Ferguson believed that he had captured Gascoigne's services when he was due to leave Newcastle United in 1988.

However, the former England international opted to join Tottenham Hotspur at the last moment.

"I would love to have signed Paul Gascoigne," Ferguson told BBC Radio Five Live. "I think I could have done something with him, he's the one real world star England have produced.

"Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard have come close but they don't have the genius of Gascoigne. He could have played for Brazil.

"Gascoigne was the one that got away."

Gascoigne went on to represent a number of clubs, including Lazio, Rangers and Middlesbrough.

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