Read Leading by Alex Ferguson

In that book, the legendary coach comes back on some of his illustrious career's mishaps, like missing on signing the likes of Petr Čech, Edwin van der Sar, Didier Drogba, Thomas Müller, Ronaldo (the Brazilian striker), and more. Fascinating to read how failure haunts even the best and brightest.

"Didier Drogba [...] was playing at Olympique de Marseilles and we went to check him out, but the club wanted £25 million for him and Chelsea moved in for the kill before we had made up our minds. [...] We wanted to sign Ronaldo, the Brazilian striker, from Cruzeiro in 1994 but we could not get a work permit, and he went to PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands. We looked at Robin van Persie when he was about 16 and playing for Feyenoord’s reserve team, and even then the price on his head was about £ 6 million. Jim Ryan, who was on our coaching staff for 11 years before becoming United’s director of youth football for another decade, watched Van Persie get sent off and subsequently exchange insults with the supporters."


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