Sir Alex Ferguson has jokingly revealed why he never attempted to sign Arsenal legend Ian Wright for Manchester United.
Ian Wright moved to Arsenal from Crystal Palace in September 1991 for a then club-record fee of £2.5 million. He soon won the Golden Boot in his first season with the Gunners by scoring 29 league goals, and finding the net 31 times in all competitions.
Wright went on to score 185 goals in 279 starts and 9 substitute appearances in his entire career as a Gunner, and is second in the list of Arsenal’s all-time top goalscorer list, only behind the legendary Thierry Henry. The Englishman is also the second-quickest player – behind Ted Drake – to bag a century of goals for Arsenal. He also holds the record for scoring in 12 consecutive games for the North London club.
His goal scoring exploits are truly one of a kind, and are sufficient to impress any manager in world football, including Manchester United’s legendary boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
So when Ian Wright met Sir Alex prior to Manchester United’s FA Cup final clash against his former club Crystal Palace, the current BT Sport pundit couldn’t help but bring up the topic of why Ferguson never attempted to bring him to Old Trafford.
No sooner did Sir Alex arrive at the BT Sport table, Wright launched himself at the Scot by saying: “You should’ve signed me! You should’ve signed me!”
To which Ferguson replied: “You were too f***ing dear! I like cheap buys.”
Sir Alex followed it up, however, by pointing to Rio Ferdinand and his transfer fee, and thereby completely destroying his own argument, by stating: “£29 million.”
Here’s the video of the entire hilarious exchange between the two: