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Edwards: Sir Alex cost Man Utd 60,000 quid

Former Manchester United chairman Martin Edwards has revealed how they managed to prise Sir Alex Ferguson away from Aberdeen for just £60,000.

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."

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