Fergie's Brazilian regret
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sir Alex Ferguson has expressed his disappointment that Kleberson failed to settle.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has expressed his disappointment that Kleberson failed to settle at Old Trafford.
The Brazilian World Cup winner was a huge flop after signing from Atletico Paranaense in his homeland for around £6.5 million.
A cut-price exit to Besiktas signalled the end of his United career after featuring in only 28 games and attracting widespread criticism for his displays.
However, Ferguson, who has also been accused of signing other midfield misfits including Juan Sebastian Veron, Eric Djemba-Djemba and Liam Miller, felt the South American had the pedigree to be a hit in Manchester.
"We tried to bring some younger players in to give us the foundation to go on from there," explained Ferguson.
"We realised the 1999 team was starting to get older and we had to make changes. That's obvious.
"In the case of one or two, one was disappointing but the other was good potential, it was just maybe the wrong country.
"Maybe he couldn't adapt.
"Kleberson is a fantastic talent. He just couldn't adapt to the change in England.
"He was a World Cup winner. There was no reason why, in terms of ability, he couldn't make it at United.
"I think the combination of coming to this country meant he found it difficult.
"He has fantastic talent, the boy."