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Ajax defender Jaap Stam believes Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is a bigger man for admitting that selling him was a mistake. The Dutch centre-back was a key player for the Red Devils between 1998 and 2001, however, Stam was sold to Lazio in the summer of 2001 for £16.5million, a price tag Ferguson said was too good to refuse. Recently Fergie confessed that selling Stam was an error, and the 35-year-old has applauded the Scotsman's admission.


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"It is good that a man like Ferguson dares to admit that he makes mistakes," Stam told AD Sportwereld. "It doesn't surprise me, though. I always knew for myself that United made an error by selling me. I know that this is the same feeling for many people around the club, from colleagues to fans. When I speak with people I hear they should never have let me go. A big coach must also be able to see the mistakes he made - if needed, a few years after he made them."

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Jaap Stam was a brilliant defender for United, and would have held that shirt even now. I can always recall one night at Old Trafford when, in the CL Groups, a striker was waiting for a free kick to be taken and was backing up into position.

He backed into Stam, who stood his ground, and the striker turned and look up at him, and visibly quaked, seeking a position somewhere else - brilliant!!
 

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I remember that guy backing into him and looking round - Stam just glared at him Muahahahaha........I wish he had stay with United - much better than Rio in my opinion !!!
 

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I never got to see him. He was before my time as a fan of the game and United.

I have seen a few games from then, but not enough to get an opinion. Any suggestions to get a good view of how he was?
 

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Stam was easily the best centre half we ever had, awesome (is not a word I use lightly).

The THREE biggest mistakes Fergie has ever made:

1. Stam
2. Ruud
3. Kanchelskis

he should NEVER have sold any of these.
 

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Red Devil said:
Stam was easily the best centre half we ever had, awesome (is not a word I use lightly).

The THREE biggest mistakes Fergie has ever made:

1. Stam
2. Ruud
3. Kanchelskis

he should NEVER have sold any of these.
Agree with your view on Stam. I think selling Ruud could prove to be a mistake but last season we didnt need him, and Im hoping this season could be the same.
Andrei was so good. He had a great year at Everton the year after he left. He was a favourite of most people.
 

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Stam - Best Defender we've ever had !

Solid, Commanding, experience - everything you need in a CB, he had it all. We sold him at his best - big mistake.

Vidic has potential to be our new Stam.
 

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he's a very good centre back..but.....i don't know...this is what happened..so....anyway ..we have vida now;)..and rio...and pique as a sub..so...
 
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