Amid the decline of Manchester United‘s performance in the 2018-2019 season, an interesting thing came from the legendary coach, Sir Alex Ferguson. In the news that appeared recently mentioned that, it turned out that the legend had wanted to propose the Manchester City star, Vincent Kompany.
It can be further explained that the movement took place four years before Kompany joined Manchester City. Proof of this news can be matched with the leaked archive of Fergie’s transfer target list in 2004.
Seen in Fergie’s target list, one of the spending targets of his defender was Kompany, who at that time played in Anderlecht. The name of Kompany itself appears in the transfer target column along with several other names such as Gabriel Heinze and Barcelona star, Gerard Pique.
At that time, Red Devils failed to get Kompany, because the player decided to stay in Anderlecht until the summer of 2006. In that summer, Kompany received a proposal from Hamburg SV worth 8.8 million Pounds, before joining Manchester City two years later which reportedly worth 7 million Pounds.
If only Kompany would accept Manchester UNited’s proposal, it would be predictable that the competition between the two Manchester city clubs would be different, with Manchester United also unlikely to bring Nemanja Vidic in 2006.
Manchester City and Kompany finally decided to split after ending the trip to win four trophies through two FA Cup trophies and four League Cup trophies. Kompany decided back to his homeland, Anderlecht after being at Etihad Stadium for 11 years.
It is interesting to dissect more deeply about Fergie’s transfer target, which is known not only the name Kompany, there are also several other names that also attract the world’s attention. Referring further down, there is the name Alan Smith. The former England national striker finally arrived at Manchester United in the summer of 2004.
Do not stop there, there are names of two legendary players such as Nicky Butt and Diego Forlan in the list. The two names entered in the ‘excess’ column on Fergie’s list. In the end, in the same season both were sold with Forlan joining Villarreal, while Butt joined Newcastle United.
In the position of the goalkeeper, there is the name of Burnley and England national team player, Tom Heaton who was then entered in the column potential young players along with Phil Bardsley, Kieran Richardson and also Jonathan Spector.
Now the times have changed, and now is the era of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The former Norwegian national team player who spent his career as a professional soccer player as a retainer of the Red Devils, was chosen as a permanent coach and received a four-season contract.
With a heavy burden on his shoulder, Solskjaer is required to lift the mentality of the Manchester United players from the failure of last season, and shining back in the next season by becoming the Premier League champions to the Champions League round next season.