Former Spurs midfielder, Paul Gascoigne, has rejected Sir Alex Ferguson’s claim that a move to Manchester United would have helped along the straight and narrow.
Gascoigne has had several brushes with the law throughout his time, as well as struggling with his mental health following his retirement.
The midfielder, who is among the most talented to play for Spurs and England, was diagnosed as an alcoholic at 33 years of age when he was still playing in the Premier League.
The 52-year-old rejected a chance to join Manchester United back in 1988 to move to Tottenham after chairman Irving Scholar offered to buy a £120,000 house for Gascoigne’s parents (Daily Mail).
Ferguson was reportedly infuriated with Gascoigne, calling him a ‘silly boy’ for rejecting the Red Devils.
The former Man Utd manager even claimed a move to United would have straightened out the infamously wild Gazza.
The former Spurs star has rejected that claim and insisted that his problems couldn’t have been avoided even if he had joined United citing the fact that some of the club’s biggest stars experienced personal problems at Old Trafford.
According to the Athletic, Gascoigne said: “Alex Ferguson says it would have been different if I had signed for Man United. Well, Rio Ferdinand did a runner from a f***king drugs test. Eric Cantona two-footed some c**t in the neck in the stand.
“Wayne Rooney sha**ed a f***ing granny. And Ryan Giggs sha**ed his brother’s f***ing wife. F***ing hell, man.”
Spurs Web Opinion
The response is really typical of Gazza. It was his colourful personality that made him the player he was on the pitch. It is hard to say if he will have been able to turn his life around with better guidance at Manchester United but he does make a fair point about the behaviour of some players under Sir Alex.
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