February 20th, 2012
Hart joined the Blues from Shrewsbury for £600,000 in 2006 and has since developed into his country’s number one, as well as one of the finest young goalkeepers in Europe.
The Scottish manager – who is currently trying to help his £18 million goalkeeper David de Gea settle in at Old Trafford – says he had the chance to sign Hart in a cut price deal but decided against doing so.
“I could have bought Joe Hart for £100,000 so we all make mistakes,” the 70-year-old told the BBC.
“I’ve no doubt [that Hart will be England goalkeeper for the next 10 years]. If you look at the England goalkeeper situation for the last 20 years, I would think he’s easily the best.”
Hart became City’s undisputed first-choice at the beginning of the 2010/2011 season, taking over from Shay Given.