The former manager wished he had signed Ramsey.
Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson thinks of Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey as the ‘one that got away’ according to Wales assistant manager Osian Roberts.
The Red Devils were close to signing Ramsey from Cardiff City back in 2008 and even announced the deal on their official website, only for the Gunners to secure the Welshman for £5m at the 11th hour.
Roberts has admitted that Ferguson views the 23-year-old as the player that he wished he had signed but didn’t manage to.
“He had a strong interest in how Aaron is doing because he was very close to signing him,” the coach was quoted by the Mirror.
“He probably looks at it now as one that he lost out on and got away from him.
“It was really nice that he spoke about Aaron.”
Ramsey’s initial form at the Emirates Stadium would have suggested Sir Alex had a lucky escape, with even the fans at the North London club turning on their own player.
The Wales international later suffered a leg break that kept him out of action for the best part of a year, but manager Arsene Wenger kept faith with the midfield ace and that is now paying dividends.
Ramsey was voted the club’s Player of the Year in 2013/14 and is considered among the finest talents in the Premier League currently.
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