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Andy Cole blasts failure to sign Torres
Former United striker Andy Cole has accused Sir Alex Ferguson of making a major transfer market blunder by not signing Fernando Torres.
Torres was on United's radar for several years and Fergie had the striker watched on numerous occasions by his team of scouts when the forward was at Atletico Madrid. But Fergie concluded Torres did not score enough goals and would find it too hard to adjust to the unique pace and physical demands of Premier League football. And Cole, who spent six years at United winning five titles, two FA Cups and the European Cup, said Fergie would be kicking himself at failing to sign Torres. "I know Manchester United watched him closely but decided that, given the likely fee, he wouldn't be good enough to play at Old Trafford," said Cole. “We all make mistakes and not signing Torres was one. I've spoken to several of the current United players about him and they all say the same thing: 'Top, top player'.”
David McDonnell, Daily Mirror
Most of the United-related news is about Sir Alex’s touchline ban. The Daily Mail and The Sun both confirm the two-game ban will only kick in for the Reds’ trip to Portsmouth and the Carling Cup match against Tottenham at Old Trafford.
Elsewhere, Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell is again linked with a move to Old Trafford in the Daily Express.