Man Utd transfer list from Sir Alex Ferguson's time in charge was once leaked online
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A Manchester United transfer list from Sir Alex Ferguson's time in charge was once leaked online and makes for fascinating viewing.
After winning the league title in the 2002/03 season, the Red Devils failed to defend their crown as Arsenal topped the league in their famous 'Invincibles' campaign.
Ahead of the 2003/04 season, however, Ferguson wasn't able to land all of his transfer targets.
The club successfully acquired three of his five targets, with a transfer list revealing the players he wanted at the time.
The list contained the names of all the players at the club at the time.
The 'excess' section was attached to players like Diego Forlan and Nicky Butt, among others.
The 'youth potential' section included Mads Timm, Chris Eagles and Phil Bardsley to name but a few.
The final section was Ferguson's transfer targets, which included defenders Gabriel Heinze, Philippe Mexes, Vincent Kompany and Gerard Pique as well as forward Alan Smith.
Man United went onto sign three of the players on his list in Heinze, Pique and Smith.
As for Mexes and Kompany, they both stayed at Auxerre and Anderlecht respectively before earning moves in the future.
Mexes signed for AS Roma in 2004 while Kompany made the switch to Hamburg in 2006 before, of course, penning a deal at Manchester City, where he became a club legend.
As a result of Ferguson not signing the players he wanted, Man United went three seasons without winning the league.
But they got their hands on the league title once again in the 2006/07 season before winning it three years in a row.