Sir Alex Ferguson today declared Ralph Milne his worst ever signing. The £170,000 acquisition from third division Bristol City played 22 times on the left-wing, scoring three goals before being released by the club. But who is in the worst ever Fergie team?
Rant had a go at picking an XI … and substitutes!
We’ve taken a few liberties with the selection. May rarely played at right-back (as did Berg), although a roasting by Jesper Blomqvist – then of Gothenberg – sealed “Superstar’s” selection. Fortune, initially bought as a left-winger, made a number of appearances in defence before being sold.
Our selection is heavy on players from the 1990s onwards. Ferguson’s early record – Milne aside – was surprisingly good!
We’ve only included Ferguson’s signings and players who actually played in the first team.
Goalkeeper – Massimo Taibi, £4.4m (Venezia)
Right back – David May, £1.2m (Blackburn Rovers)
Left back – Quinton Fortune, £1.5m (Atlético Madrid)
Central defence – Henning Berg, £5m (Blackburn Rovers)
Central defence – William Prunier, free (Bordeaux)
Right wing – Jordi Cruyff, £1.4m (Barcelona)
Central midfield – Eric Djemba-Djemba, £3.5m (Nantes)
Central midfield – Kleberson, £6.5m (Atlético Paranaense)
Left wing – Ralph Milne, £170k (Bristol City)
Forward – Dion Dublin, £1m (Cambrdige United)
Forward – David Bellion, £2m (Sunderland)
Mark Bosnich, Mal Donaghy, Liam Miller, Karel Poborsky, Diego Forlan, Danny Wallace.
Patrick McGibbon, Giuliano Mairoana, Erik Nevland … Juan Veron?