Gary Neville gave a fascinating insight into how Sir Alex Ferguson was able to create a Manchester United dynasty by sticking to his “treadmill” transfer strategy.
Ferguson won 38 unprecedented 38 major honors during his reign at United, managing to maintain club dominance for two decades before retiring in 2013.
The 78-year-old was known to be a shrewd client in the transfer market and brought a host of young talents during his 27 years to Old Trafford.
Gary Neville gave fascinating insight into Alex Ferguson’s transfer policy genius
Neville, who was a sixth in the famous 92 class – which included David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes – explains how Ferguson worked in three separate transfer categories.
“His policy was to promote youth as much as possible, he was number one before he even looked at the outside market,” the former United defender told Sky Sports.
“Number 2 was to watch the best in the Premier League, those he could trust, and keep growing and being with the club for a long time. Gary Pallister, Steve Bruce, Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand, Robin van Persie.
“Besides, he always wanted new international talents who could come to Manchester, with whom he could work and become great players. Nemanja Vidic, Peter Schmeichel, Patrice Evra, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Defender Neville was one of the United 92 players to break through
Part of Fergie’s strategy was to sign the best of the Premier League like Rio Ferdinand in 2002
“He has very rarely ventured into the world of buying the full star, and that is not far from Pep Guardiola’s tactics with Manchester City at the moment.
“In terms of selling players, he got rid of them when they weren’t good enough, or when he felt they were questioning his control. He was ruthless about it.
“United’s strategy was like a very slow treadmill. Some entered and some left. Never more than a handful each season, never a massive adaptation of the team.
“It was controlled, with six or seven young players, 10 in the middle and three or four who were in their thirties. Every club that has known a dynasty has had this stability of players.
Robin van Persie was another example of Ferguson signing the best available on these coasts
He will also try to sign emerging talents abroad and bring Cristiano Ronaldo to United