I could have signed Joe Hart for £100k, claims Man United’s Ferguson

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says he had the chance to sign Joe Hart for £100,000 early in his career

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Joe Hart has established himself as England's first-choice goalkeeper Photo: DigDeep, via Wikimedia

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Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted he made a “mistake” in not bringing goalkeeper Joe Hart to Manchester United when he had the chance to sign him for £100,000 early in his career.

Hart has established himself as England’s first choice between the posts after impressing at Manchester City since a sparkling loan spell at Birmingham City in the 2009-10 season.

The Manchester United boss expects the 24-year-old shot stopper to be the national side’s No1 for many years to come and admits his regret at not bringing him to Old Trafford before he moved to derby rivals City from Shrewsbury in 2006.

“I could have bought Joe Hart for £100,000 so we all make mistakes,” Ferguson told the BBC. “I’ve no doubt [that Hart will be England goalkeeper for the next 10 years].

“If you look at the England goalkeeper situation for the last 20 years, I would think he’s easily the best.”

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