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Luton hero Harford: Pleat blocked Man Utd move

Former Luton Town striker Mick Harford has recalled how close he came to signing for Manchester United.

Harford was valued by two of English football's great knights - capped twice by Bobby Robson and the subject of a transfer bid from Alex Ferguson in 1991.

He told The Sun: “It was a conversation between Sir Alex and David Pleat. Ferguson wanted me but Pleat didn't want to sell. That was the end of it.

“The first I heard about it was when Fergie put it in his autobiography. It was an absolute honour - but I've had a word with Pleaty since, trust me!

“Not that I wanted to leave Luton, but, you know, there are certain clubs…"

Ferguson's interest says much for Harford's wider qualities, beyond the stereotype.

“I hate being remembered as a hard player," he says, “I was brave, I'd stick my head in where it hurts but so did a lot of players then."

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