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In hindsight was Sir Alex right to take the £5.5m and run?


Football FanCast guest columnist Joe Kemsley wonders if Fergie has any
regrets about cashing in on Kieran Richardson too soon.

So Kieran
Richardson returns to Old Trafford for the first since his £6m departure back
in 2007 and I asked the question as to whether he has actually been missed?

I have to
confess that I was always a fan of the player and to be honest I don't feel he
did much wrong during his time at United and I for one was rather shocked that
Fergie didn't give him the time that he has afforded the likes of O'Shea and Fletcher
to develop and become a regular first team squad member – he certainly had the ability,
but perhaps the attitude wasn't 100% there.

What I
liked about Richardson is that he was extremely versatile and could play a plethora
of roles. He had a good range of passing and his distribution from wide areas
and set pieces was decent and in hindsight is probably a damn sight better than
what we have currently gone now Ronaldo has since left Old Trafford. When you
also consider we spent around £17m on Nani and a similar sum on the two Serbs
Tosic and Ljajic, you have to wonder whether Richardson could have saved United
a fair amount had Fergie perhaps been a little more persistent in him.

We all
know Sir Alex very rarely makes mistakes and perhaps Richardson was getting a
bit ahead of himself, with his attitude and cockiness (not one of Fergie's favoured traits)
but it would have been nice to have seen him get a little longer to prove his
worth at Old Trafford…wouldn't it?

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