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5 players Sir Alex Ferguson should not have sold

Sir Alex Ferguson was a legend who was not without his own mistakes, these 5 players should not have left the way they did.

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Top 5 / Top 10 01 Dec 2017, 13:56 IST
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Jaap Stam
The Dutch centre-back was a wall for the Red Devils, Fergie goofed big time in selling him

Manchester United is one of the most famous clubs in the world with a reported 659 million fans and a Sir Alex Ferguson was a big part of this.

He was known for making statement signings in the transfer window and he got it right more often than not. Some of the best bargain signings in his era have included greats like Eric Cantona, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Edwin van der Sar.

When it comes to selling players, Sir Alex sold many big names and some of these turned out to be really poor decisions. Managers sometimes misjudge players' abilities and even Fergie made a few mistakes during his managerial tenure at United.

#5 Jaap Stam

Jaap Stam was one of the most successful defenders of the Premier League era. He was an integral part of the treble-winning United side and he finished each of his three seasons with United as a Premier League winner.

At 6'3", he was quick, physically strong, excellent in the air and an intimidating figure in United's back line. The centre-back was destined for greatness at Old Trafford but his career was cut short. He was forced to leave the club by former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson after some misunderstanding between the duo. 

Stam moved to Lazio in a £16.5 million deal in 2001. He then went to achieve great things at Lazio and was an integral part of the Milan side that lost to Liverpool in the famous 2005 UEFA Champions League final at Istanbul. 

He had a brief stint with Ajax, before retiring in 2007 as one of the best centre-backs in the world. Ferguson later admitted that allowing Stam to leave United was one of the worst decisions he had ever made.

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