At the unveiling of new signings Michael Owen, Antonio Valencia and Gabriel Obertan, Sir Alex Ferguson explained why Manchester United didn’t sign Karim Benzema.

“There are some amazing numbers being talked about, not all of them realistic,” said Ferguson. “It is very difficult to get value now. In a way we benefited through the sale of Cristiano, although that figure was non-negotiable. But I feel we have a good squad, which meant there was no need for knee-jerk reactions. We asked about Benzema and we had a value for him. Lyon have done well because they got 42million Euros but I think we took a sensible view.”

Whilst clearly United were never going to pay an absolute fortune for the player, obviously Benzema’s preference for Real Madrid had a lot to do with it.

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