By David McDonnell
Alex Ferguson has revealed the extensive work that goes into every new signing at Manchester United, but insists he always has the final say.
Ferguson’s biggest success story this season has been striker Javier Hernandez, plucked from the relative obscurity of the Mexican league for just £7million last summer.
Hernandez has scored 19 goals this season and Fergie revealed the depth of work that went into identifying the 22-year-old and then capturing arguably the buy of the season.
“Statistics come into it in some respect,” said Ferguson, who was peaking to New York based radio station Sirius XM. “But I think you try to analyse all areas of the equation and we do that.
“For instance, you look at a player’s age, his position, the length of contract you can get him on, the fee you have to pay for him.
“A lot of things come into it before you actually come to the statistics of what you can actually afford.
“Chichartio was a good bit of work our scouts did, I must say that. A terrific bit of work. I sent my chief scout [Jim Lawlor] down to Guadalajara for a month.
“He analysed the whole situation, saw him play in many games, saw him play for Mexico and came back with this fantastic report on the boy.
“After that we just had to do the business, you know.”
Despite the huge team of staff Fergie now has at United, he admitted the final judgment on whether or not to buy a player always comes down to him.
“The final passing block is myself,” said Fergie. “I’ll discuss it with Mick Phelan, my assistant, and Renee Meulensteen, my coach, and we’ll go through as much information as we can on a player.
“We’ll look at the scouting reports and listen to them, but quite a lot of the time we’ll go and watch the players ourselves if we can get the time and it’s applicable for us to do that.
“That final judgment is usually good. Well, you hope it is.
“Balance in the team is important. We don’t let the team get too old. We make sure there’s a stream of younger players coming through.
“Then you get into the players in their mid-20s, who bring a lot of experience to the team.
“If we can keep them for a good length of time, which we normally do, then they bring that experience, so it’s all back-up for us.
“But the most important thing, that people don’t understand, is that some people can build a football team. We try to build a football club.
“A football club needs a foundation, and that foundation is always with young people.”