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Fergie came up short with one record

My own disappointment at the resignation of Sir Alex Ferguson as manager of Manchester United derives from two related points.

First, there is one particular record he alone could have, but did not, achieve.

Second, precisely because there was such an avalanche of comment all over the place about him, I cannot find any answer to this question. Maybe your newspaper has readers who are both Man U fans and statisticians, who could clarify things here.

What he did not do was this: field an entire team of players born after he became manager. (Recently his teams have been about 50-50 in this regard.)

Rephrase the questions: a) how many players did Ferguson sign to the team in over a quarter of a century? B) of those, how many were born after he became manager (on Nov 6, 1986)?

Frank Desmond

Evergreen Road

Cork City


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