Manchester United’s legendary coach, Sir Alex Ferguson has expressed his regret for not finishing the paperwork to sign Liverpool captain, Jordan Henderson from Sunderland during his time in the club.
Ferguson said this during a virtual charity night for the Alzheimer’s Society, where he stated that he thought Henderson was the injury type of player as United’s medical team revealed that the midfielder runs from his kneels rather than from his hips.
The midfielder has since written himself into the history books at Anfield, captaining Liverpool to both the Champions League and Premier League glory.
“We were ready to make a bid for him.“There was criticism from Brendan Rodgers about my assessment of Jordan. The actual story was we were ready to make a bid for him at Sunderland.“I spoke to Steve Bruce. Our scouting/medical department said they weren’t happy with his running style.“They said he could be the type to get injuries. I had to make sure players would always be available. But we loved Jordan as a player.“He has proved that now. All the stories I hear about him tell me that I missed out on a really good person,” Ferguson said
Recall that in his autobiography, Ferguson also relayed the story of his interest in Henderson, where he explained that the midfielder moved slightly differently from other footballers.
“We looked at Jordan Henderson a lot and Steve Bruce was unfailingly enthusiastic about him.“Against that, we noticed that Henderson runs from his knees, with a straight back, while the modern footballer runs from his hips.“We thought his gait might cause him problems later in his career,” he wrote