The ramifications of the Manchester United manager's decision not to buy the player have certainly played out before his eyes.
Torres has scored in each of the last three encounters between Liverpool and Manchester United, who meet at Old Trafford tomorrow lunchtime. More, after a period of no wins in six over their most inveterate enemy before the Spaniard's arrival, Liverpool have won three out of six with El Niño in the ranks.
Ferguson wriggled around the statistics yesterday morning. Asked if Torres understood how to beat Vidic - dismissed in three of their last four meetings - more than any other striker, he declared that he did not "see that".
The manager's conclusion was that "when you analyse all the goals we've maybe made a couple of mistakes defensively. These fixtures fluctuate a little bit."