Thirty four major trophies later, Edwards can reflect on £60,000 well spent – the amount of compensation it took to extricate Ferguson from his glory days of rocking the establishment with Aberdeen.
Edwards told the Sunday Express: “I had always been impressed by his track record, taking a small club to three Scottish titles and winning the European Cup Winners Cup against Real Madrid was mind-blowing. When it was time for Ron Atkinson to finally go, it was a no-brainer to go for Alex.
“When we met at his sister-in-law’s, he agreed he wanted to come to Manchester United. Maurice Watkins (a United director) and I met Dick Donald, the Aberdeen chairman, the next day to negotiate Alex’s release. It cost us £60,000.”