Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that three players from rival clubs particularly caught his eye during his time at Old Trafford.
Amongst them was Arsenal legend Tony Adams, with Ferguson revealing to Sky Sports that he had tried to sign the former England international when he was still a teenager at Arsenal.
In addition, the 73-year-old also has great respect for former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, as although he wasn’t the most talented of footballers, Ferguson conceded that his determination was admirable and it helped him become a successful part of his boyhood club for so many years.
However, the former United boss added that he used to love watching Gianfranco Zola play for Chelsea, particularly because the Italian always played with a smile on his face, as noted in the in-depth Sky Sports interview.
While he admitted that it wasn’t easy for him to reveal his thoughts about opposing players during his time as a manager, it was an admission that is understandable given the influence and impact that the trio had on the Premier League during their playing careers.
Ferguson went on to insist that he sees a future in management for Carragher despite the fact that he has established himself in broadcasting with Sky Sports, as he sees characteristics in the 37-year-old that would ensure he would be well suited to a coaching role.