Sir Alex Ferguson has branded Spurs and Daniel Levy’s transfer business as “painful” when recalling Manchester United’s signing of Dimitar Berbatov in 2008.
Manchester United signed Berbatov from Spurs in 2008 on transfer deadline day after the Bulgarian had been linked with a move to bitter rivals Manchester City for most of the summer.
The Red Devils had been interested throughout the transfer window, but when City were closing in on the Bulgarian, United and manager Ferguson pressed ahead with a move to sign the striker first – with former United chief executive David Gill describing Daniel Levy as a “nightmare” to deal with in the transfer market.
Ferguson has joined in with the criticism of Levy’s conduct over the deal, branding the experience as “more painful than my hip replacement”.
“We were up until midnight signing and faxing papers to make sure all the paperwork went through before the deadline expired.