Sir Alex Ferguson wanted to make two huge signings for Manchester United before he decided to retire in 2013.
The legendary manager departed after winning his 13 thPremier League title, but his stay could’ve been extended if he was successful in the pursuit of some ground-breaking additions.
Patrice Evra claims that Ferguson tried to recruit Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo before he retired from Old Trafford.
He told the United’s official club podcast : “Two weeks before his retirement, I remember there was a lot of media saying Ferguson will maybe retire next year, and he said to me: ‘Patrice, I will never retire. I will be here another 10 years.’
“He then said: ‘I’m 99 per cent sure we will have Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale. I just need these two players to win the Champions League again. Ninety-nine per cent.’
“To be fair, when I speak with Cristiano, I ask him, and he said yes to the boss and was coming to join United. He said this to me.
Neither player joined United that summer, with Ferguson retiring and David Moyes coming in as his replacement.
The summer incomings were instead Marouane Fellaini from Everton for £29million and Saidy Janko from FC Zurich.
Ronaldo has finally returned to Old Trafford. Ferguson played a major role in his transfer from Juventus.
The 36-yearold scored twice in his Premier League debut as well as scoring the goal in the Champions League loss to Young Boys.
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Evra also recalled the day the United squad were told Ferguson was leaving.
He said: “When we arrived at Carrington, I see all those cameras and I was like: ‘Wow, someone has done something wrong. Maybe a player is the story again. Someone has done something wrong, we are in trouble.’
“We arrived, and people said, ‘Guys, you have to stay in the dressing room because the boss wants to have a chat.’
“And when the boss came into the dressing room to talk to everyone, it’s never good news.
“He came, and he said: ‘I’m really sorry. Some people have said I’m going to retire even before I say it myself. That’s why you saw all those cameras. But I will retire because my wife needs me.’”