Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that he still regrets letting Ryan Shawcross leave the club.
The England international came through the youth ranks at Old Trafford, but left the club without making a single Premier League appearance for the club.
Shawcross has since developed into one of the best central defenders in England and Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson reveals he wishes the player was still at the club.
“I was delighted to see him called up for the England squad because he is a quality player I have wished – particularly of late – was still at Old Trafford,” Fergie was quoted as saying in the programme for Manchester United vs Stoke.
“The problem was that at the time of his release we had an especially strong group of young centre-halves and it was becoming impossible to give them all games at the level their progress warranted.”
Sir Alex Ferguson, however, admits that he has probably made a mistake in letting Shawcross leave the club.
“We had Jonny Evans, Gerard Piqué, Ryan Shawcross, Craig Cathcart, and Paul McShane, and something had to give. We made the right decision keeping Jonny Evans but I’m not so sure about letting Shawcross join Stoke.”
Ryan Shawcross left Old Trafford to join Stoke City in the summer of 2007 and immediately developed into a key player at Britannia Stadium.
The 25-year-old has made a total of 137 Premier League appearances for the Potters, scoring 8 goals in the process.