Alex Ferguson turned down the chance to sign world-class French star for Man United in 2006

A close friend of former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has today revealed that the Scot turned down the opportunity to sign Franck Ribery in 2006.

‘Not good enough’

French winger Ribery was plying his trade at Marseille at the time, where he had built up a reputation as one of the country’s most talented youngsters.

A number of Europe’s top clubs were known to be interested in his signature, with Red Devils boss Alex Ferguson having travelled to watch the pacy wide-man in action during a Uefa Cup clash with Bolton Wanderers in February 2006.

This information comes courtesy of Tony Blair’s former communications chief Alastair Campbell, who was a known close friend of Ferguson.

Campbell revealed that:

‘Alex was watching Franck Ribery, the Marseille winger, but decided by half-time he was not good enough for United.’

Bayern’s gain

Ribery was eventually snapped up by Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich in the summer of 2007 for 25 million Euro.

He has since gone on to establish himself as one of the finest wingers in world football over the last decade, racking up a whopping seven league titles and a Champions League crown with the Bavarians.

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