‘I should have signed Joe Hart ... we all make mistakes’: Alex Ferguson
MANCHESTER United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has recognised he missed a trick in failing to sign Joe Hart for £100,000 earlier in his career
Hart joined Manchester City in 2006 from League Two Shrewsbury Town after United passed up the opportunity to secure his services. Hart has gone on to become England's No 1.
"I could have bought Joe Hart for £100,000 so we all make mistakes," Ferguson said.
"If you look at the England goalkeeper situation for the last 20 years, I would think he's easily the best," added the Scot who signed the now-retired Dutch keeper Edwin van der Sar in 2005.
United have struggled to find a replacement since Van der Sar retired last year while Hart has been a rock in goal for Premier League leaders City.
Ferguson, who turned 70 in December, has been in the hot seat at Old Trafford for 25 years during which he has won 12 top-flight titles, two European Cups and five FA Cups. He has spoken of staying on for another three years.
"I think you always want to go out on a winning note," he said.