Sir Alex Ferguson

Teddy Sheringham left Tottenham Hotspur in 1997 to become a Manchester United footballer, but he was not quite aware of how big the Red Devils were.

Sir Alex Ferguson signed the striker in June that year for £3.5million, thanks to his eight goals in 30 appearances for Spurs.

The Englishman has now remembered an occasion where Sir Alex promised him that playing for United will be nothing like he has experienced before.

“Fergie still said to me: ‘You won’t believe what it is like [to play for Man United]’ and I thought ‘I’ve played for England and I’ve been around the world with my club, Tottenham.’ But no, he said: ‘I’m telling you,’” he said via Sky Sports.

“He was right, without a shadow of a doubt.

“We went to Hong Kong with Tottenham and there was about three people at the airport. We went to Hong Kong with England and there was about ten people at the airport.

“We went to Hong Kong with United and there was f*****g thousands of them, all turned up with their autographs, asking for us to sign this and that and Becks [David Beckham] to give us that.

“Man United, anywhere in the world, is absolutely huge and that is the eye opener that he was trying to tell me. I was 31 then, so you take it on and you’re like: ‘Wow, this is a football club, by the way’.”

Meanwhile, Sherringham and Fergie are expected to follow the Red Devils in the UEFA Champions League this week against Villarreal.

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