Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson admits he rues not signing former Luton Town and Derby County centre-forward Mick Harford.

Harford was a no-nonsense centre-forward, reckoned to be one of the toughest players of his day, and there was speculation at the time that the Reds tried to bring him to Manchester from Derby County.

"We lost the league in 1991 because our pitch was terrible," he recalled to "That's why I tried to sign Mick Harford.

"To try and play football on that pitch was impossible and I thought if I got Mick, we could have just played it up there and let Mick whack the centre-halves out of the road. That was a mistake. We should have signed him."

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