Date: 5th May 2013 at 11:35am
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RVP & Berbatov

Ferguson has revealed that ’s spell at almost saw not sign .

United signed Berbatov for Tottenham in 2008 aged 28, and with United preferring to sign players with room to develop and that could potentially be sold on by large fees, the signing broke from United’s policy at the time.

And whilst Berbtov did well in his 4 years at the club, his time at Old Trafford wasn’t an unmitigated success by any stretch of the imagination.

So says the move for Van Persie was discussed intensely before deciding to pull the trigger and go for the man:

“Van Persie’s age was ­certainly an issue ­because it has not always worked when we have bought older players.

said to me after we bought Dimitar Berbatov [from Tottenham for £30 million] that we had to be careful when signing older players, but Van Persie was ­different.

“He was phenomenal for Arsenal last season and so I was confident it would work.”