Sir Alex Ferguson took an uncharacteristic break from his transfer rules to sign Louis Saha for Manchester United.
Saha joined United in 2004 having scored a goal every other game during four season for Fulham.
The Frenchman went on to win two Premier League titles and a Champions League while at Old Trafford.
And his arrival at the club was met with universal welcome.
“Sir Alex never asked us which players we should sign or never asked us information about players he was going to sign,” his former team-mate Gary Neville told Sky Sports.
“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.
“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.”
Neville was appearing alongside Jamie Carragher on The Football Show and the former Liverpool defender added his praise.
“I came up against him in Merseyside derbies and for Manchester United,” Carragher said.
“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.”
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