Sir Alex Ferguson rues missing out on Lampard

Frank LampardManchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson says not signing Chelsea star Frank Lampard is one of his biggest regrets in football.

The Manchester United boss was interested in signing the midfielder when he left West Ham back in 2001 but he left it too late and Lampard had already decided to join Chelsea by the time Ferguson made his move.

The rest is history as Lampard has gone on to become one of the greatest midfielders the game has ever seen, and is one goal short of Bobby Tambling’s club record of 202 goals.

“We looked at him at West Ham when he was a young player and I regret not doing it – where else could I get 200 goals from midfield? Lampard is fantastic, an incredible player,” Ferguson revealed.

“If he gets the goal record… I don’t think there’s a midfielder who will do that again. He is quite phenomenal. He has that great knack Bryan Robson had of timing when coming into the box. He arrives at just the right time and it’s all about timing for that kind of player.

“John Wark at Ipswich was another one who could time his runs into the box. That value has got him 200 goals. Plus I can’t remember him ever being injured.”

Ferguson could still land his man, albeit 12 years down the line, as reports have claimed he could offer Lampard a deal if Chelsea decide to move him on at the end of the season.

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