Man Utd boss Ferguson admits to losing Stoke’s Shawcross

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted to one blunder he has made with a young player.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted to one blunder he has made with a young player.

Fergie admits that he let Stoke City defender Ryan Shawcross leave prematurely but has explained his reasons for allowing the 24-year old head to the Britannia Stadium from Old Trafford back in 2008.

"It always grieves me when I have to release a young player of great potential and Shawcross certainly fell into that category,” Ferguson wrote in his programme notes quoted on United's official website
"He had the misfortune - though he perhaps doesn't see it that way considering the success he has had with Stoke - of coming through along with a number of other young defenders.

"This was the era of Gerard Pique and we kept him at Ryan's expense, only I didn't know that Gerard was growing homesick and, soon after, he was telling us he wanted to go back to Spain.

"He has prospered with Barcelona, as we know, and, if I had known he wanted away then, we would have kept Ryan Shawcross."

 

Click here to reach the No1 destination for hard news and exciting gossip on Manchester United

Have your say