Gazza would have had a better career if he had transferred to Old Trafford instead of Tottenham, according to the former Red Devils boss.
In 1988, the Red Devils appeared to be on the verge of signing the offensive midfielder from Newcastle, and Gascoigne stated in his memoirs that he had assured Ferguson that he would end up at Old Trafford.
Gascoigne, on the other hand, ended up joining Tottenham Hotspur, where he spent four years before going to Lazio.
What's been said so far?
Ferguson believes the former England international would have fared better at United than at Spurs, and he is disappointed his side was unable to sign him.
Ferguson, who led United for 27 years, told the UTD Podcast which player he regrets missing out on: "In reality, there's only one person who springs to me when I think of him, and that's Gascoigne.
"He was excellent in every way. I truly believe that if we had gotten him, he would have had a fantastic career. I'm not saying he didn't have a successful career, but I believe he would have done better with us.
Bryan Robson, Steve Bruce, and Bobby Charlton were all Geordies on our squad. Sir Bobby would have been a tremendous mentor to him because he's such a wonderful man, and even Gary Pallister, despite being from Middlesbrough and not being considered a Geordie, would have been a fantastic mentor to him because he understands the culture.
"I went on vacation after he pledged to sign for us. Martin Edwards called from the front desk to inform me that he had signed with Tottenham. He joined Tottenham because they had just bought his mother a property for £80,000, which I couldn't believe. He was an outstanding player."
Is Wesley Sneijder a missed opportunity for Manchester United?
Wesley Sneijder was a player United were said to be interested in at one point during Ferguson's reign.
In 2011, it was rumoured that the Premier League club had reached an agreement with Inter for a £35 million ($48 million) transfer for the attacking midfielder, though Ferguson claimed at the time that they had "no actual interest."
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