Ferguson regrets not signing Lampard

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says he regrets not signing Frank Lampard for the club earlier in his career, says the Mail on Sunday.

The 34-year-old midfielder has scored 16 goals for Chelsea this season – persuading the club to offer him a new deal despite initially implying that a new contract was not forthcoming.

And Ferguson, whose United side could come face-to-face with Lampard on Sunday at Old Trafford, says he wishes he had recruited the England international before he signed for the Blues.

Ferguson said: “I can’t remember Lampard ever being injured. When he’s not been playing it’s because they thought he was past it.

The guy has had a great career. I must say we looked at him when he was at West Ham as a young player and I maybe regret not having done it. Where else could I get 200 goals?

Lampard has scored 201 career goals for Chelsea and is just one short of the club’s all-time scoring record, currently held by Bobby Tambling.

United were believed to be interested in snapping Lampard up at the end of the season if the Blues decided not to keep him on at Stamford Bridge.

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