Gary Neville: Sir Alex Ferguson asked us about signing Louis Saha

Saha, a guest on The Football Show, joined Man Utd from Fulham in 2004

Manchester United new signing Louis Saha with manager Sir Alex Ferguson, shows off his new shirt at a press call at Old Trafford, Manchester. The deal was
Image: Manchester United new signing Louis Saha with manager Sir Alex Ferguson after arriving from Fulham

Gary Neville has revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson took an unusual step before signing striker Louis Saha for Manchester United.

Saha joined United from Fulham for £12.8m in January 2004 and spent four and a half years at Old Trafford, scoring 42 goals in 124 appearances.

But Neville, speaking on The Football Show on Sky Sports on Friday, said Ferguson broke with convention before pressing ahead to land the Frenchman.

Gary Neville on The Football Show
Image: Gary Neville remembered how his Manchester United team-mates played a role in Louis Saha's Old Trafford move

"Sir Alex never asked us which players we should sign or never asked us information about players he was going to sign," Neville said.

"But after we played Fulham one time in the FA Cup (in 2001), he actually asked us as defenders, would we sign Louis Saha?

"We all said 'yes' straight away.

"I remember the season where he was playing up front with Wazza (Wayne Rooney) in 2006 and it was unbelievable; they were fantastic together.

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"Louis was a brilliant, brilliant player. He gave me absolute nightmares when I used to play against him when he played for Fulham - him and Luis Boa Morte."

Carra: Saha would catch me off guard

Saha with Ronaldo (left) and Rooney (right) during his Manchester United days
Image: Louis Saha with Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney during his Manchester United days

"I came up against him in Merseyside derbies and for Manchester United," Carragher said of Saha, whose 85 Premier League goals in total included 27 for Everton.

"I think he was possibly the best in the league at going short and then spinning in behind.

"We talk about strikers' movement but very few actually do that so it was definitely something you caught me off guard with a few times."

Explaining his approach to giving defenders the slip, Saha said: "I was really aware that most of the defenders liked to be tight so that was the kind of movement I was trying to master.

"It's a combination - you need to use different types to try and upset the defender - especially when they tried to kick you as well!"

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