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Fergie's Officially Worst Buy Ever: Ralph Milne

Fergie's Officially Worst Buy Ever: Ralph Milne

Sir Alex is a legend, a genius of a manager who did very few things wrong during his tenure at Manchester United. He pulled off many transfer coups but none of us can pretend that he never made mistakes - and some of those mistakes seem hilarious now.

Massimo Taibi, Liam Miller or David Bellion: these names bring a smile to our face now, even though back then it had been horrible to know they had represented the 'depth' of the squad. And neither of them is Fergie's worst ever signing - that, according to the boss himself, is a certain Ralph Milne.

'My worst signing? Ralph Milne. I only paid £170,000 but I still get condemned for it.'

In his autobiography, Fergie defended the acquisition of his compatriot, noting that Milne was a 'hell of a winger' with Dundee United but Old Trafford was too much for him. In hindsight, we can perhaps say that Milne is more like a symbol than an actual transfer disaster: as Sir Alex said, he had not paid much for him and he had been sold on soon enough.

But his name will be preserved in the United folklore forever, as the synonym of a bad buy as he was Fergie's first spectacularly awful signing. Veron, for example, was a much bigger disaster (breaking up the best midfield ever seen in England for him? Come on!) but he's not a symbol. Milne is a symbol of that first, quite bleak period of the Fergie era, when it was difficult to foresee the glory that was about to arrive.

In accordance with this, it's no surprise that he gave an honorable mention to Eric Djemba-Djemba: the Cameroon man is the symbol of the other dark period of this era, that between 2003 and 2006. So good they named him twice, indeed.

(Fergie was speaking at a League Managers' Association dinner)

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Writer:Zae
Date:Wednesday November 18 2009
Time: 6:31PM

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Well, I guess so, if the oracle speaks then it must be so.. However, I do find it disappointing that there was no room for Massimo Taiibi in that list, and I might even go so far as to venture that permacrock Hargreaves should make the top 5. You may protest that he's a great player (might even agree with you), but I wonder what his ratio of games played vs time spent on the treatment table is? Berbatov I suspect will eventually make the list, as will Nani, Possebon and Foster (though I might be wrong and he came from your academy - sure someone will correct me, it is in the rag's nature after all!) And of course Veron! Ah, Juan Sebastien - proof that McTaggart is mortal after all! LOL
fifthcolumnblue
18/11/2009 20:24:00
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Nani is bad - no, let me correct myself, he is terrible (and most Utd fans would agree), and yet he is currently the leader in 'midfield top scorer'. What does that say about the others? What does that say about team selection?
BlueWolfie
18/11/2009 20:36:00
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What does that say about this site? I mean, that poll has been up for what, 5 months? Please, can't one of you rags suggest another poll? Zae, surely you must have an idea? Even a MoTM poll after your next game would be welcome!
fifthcolumnblue
18/11/2009 23:13:00
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djemba-djemba is my pick..oh no taibi! thanks to him we put 5 goals behind you lot a few years back
blueogre
19/11/2009 01:54:00
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Hahaha, looks like the Les Blues are out in force today!! It is in your nature to look at your team, realise there's F*&%A*& to talk about, and get you sorry behinds to talk about something we have forgotten. Yes, the polls may be boring, but you do know it's for us United fans and not for the Rent boys to start their morning coffee with. So bugger off!!!
elvido
19/11/2009 03:06:00
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MoTM poll, are you sure? I would agree to the idea if it wern't for everybody spamming with stupid choices. What's the point in taking the poll seriously if no one else does?
One United 92
19/11/2009 07:47:00
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Filth and Wolfie - Admit it, our vital site with two active members is more addictive than yours! Just make it easy for yourselves and sign up on Vitall United instead. I mean, I'd probably leave and never come back if that happened but at least you'd be doing what you've always wanted to do.
ForeverUnited
19/11/2009 20:45:00
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Ralph Mine??? He barely cost anything and almost no one even remembers he played for us! The real shyitebags were Djemba-Djemba, Taibi, Barthez, Roy Carroll, Jordi Cruyff was quite disappointing for me, Nani, Kleberson, etc. The list could be endless! I'm not sure how many people continue to give SAF grief abiut Ralph Mine!
ForeverUnited
19/11/2009 20:48:00
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Funny thing about Nani is that, he is almost Ronaldo-status in FIFA 10! He plays like he was meant to play! He needs to sit down, watch me play some FIFA 10 with him and I'll show him how good he is supposed to be!
ForeverUnited
19/11/2009 20:51:00
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Oh wow I mispelt "Milne" twice!
ForeverUnited
19/11/2009 20:53:00
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