Neville gives fascinating insight into Alex Ferguson's transfer policy

‘He very rarely ventured into the world of buying the complete star’: Gary Neville gives fascinating insight into Fergie’s ‘conveyor belt’ transfer policy of promoting youth, signing the Premier League’s best and snapping up emerging foreign talent

  • Gary Neville has revealed Sir Alex Ferguson’s transfer policy at Man United
  • The 78-year-old boss won 38 major honours during his 27-year stint in charge 
  • Ferguson established a reputation for buying well and developing young players
  • Neville said he used three categories and rarely spent big on ready-made stars

Gary Neville has given a fascinating insight into how Sir Alex Ferguson was able to create a dynasty at Manchester United by sticking to his ‘conveyor belt’ transfer strategy.

Ferguson won an unprecedented 38 major honours during his reign at United, managing to maintain the club’s dominance over two decades before retiring in 2013.

The 78-year-old was known for being an astute customer in the transfer market and brought through a host of young talent during his 27 years at Old Trafford.

Gary Neville provided a fascinating insight into the genius of Alex Ferguson’s transfer policy

Neville, who was one sixth of the famous Class of 92 – which included David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes – explain how Ferguson worked within three distinct categories when it came to dealing with transfers.    

‘His policy was to promote youth wherever possible, that was No 1 before he even looked at the external market,’ the former United defender told Sky Sports.

‘No 2 was to look at the best in the Premier League, those he could trust, and still have growth and be with the club for a long time. Gary Pallister, Steve Bruce, Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand, Robin van Persie.

‘And then he always wanted emerging international talent that could come over to Manchester, that he could work with and develop into great players. Nemanja Vidic, Peter Schmeichel, Patrice Evra, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Defender Neville was one of the players to breakthrough from United’s Class of 92

Part of Fergie’s strategy was to sign the best in the Premier League like Rio Ferdinand in 2002

‘He very rarely ventured into the world of buying the complete star, and it’s not far off Pep Guardiola’s tactic with Manchester City right now.

‘In terms of selling players, he would get rid when they either weren’t good enough, or when he felt they were questioning his control. He was ruthless on that.

‘United’s strategy was like a very slow conveyor belt. A few would come in, and a few would leave. Never more than a handful each season, never a massive adaptation of the squad.

 ‘It was controlled, with six or seven young players, 10 in the middle, and three or four that were in their 30s. Every club that has had a dynasty has had that stability of players.’

Robin van Persie was another example of Ferguson signing the best available on these shores

He would also try and sign emerging talents overseas and brought Cristiano Ronaldo to United 




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