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Tuesday, 5 March, 2002, 16:31 GMT
Ferguson: Sheringham right to quit
Tottenham striker Teddy Sheringham
Sir Alex admits Sheringham was right to return to Spurs
Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted England striker Teddy Sheringham was right to quit Manchester United and join Tottenham.

Sheringham refused United's offer of a 12-month contract last summer to re-sign for Spurs on a free transfer and a two-year deal.


Teddy's proved to be a great buy for them
Sir Alex Ferguson
And as Sheringham prepares to return to Old Trafford to face United, Ferguson concedes he made the right choice.

"Teddy was a great servant for us," said Ferguson, "he did a great job here.

"I said to him at the time when he was leaving that the offer he was getting from Tottenham, I don't think he could have turned it down.

"Teddy's proved to be a great buy for them."

During his four season spell at Old Trafford, Sheringham helped United win the treble in 1999 and two Premier League titles.

The England striker has fond memories of his time at United and scored for England against Greece at Old Trafford in that 2-2 draw.

He will also be anxious to exact revenge for Spurs' 5-3 defeat when the sides last met at White Hart Lane in September.

Teddy Sheringham in his Man United days
Sheringham won the treble and two championships
Ferguson still gets excited when he remembers that game.

The United boss told BBC GMR: "We won't see that again, I can assure you.

"That was an incredible game with Tottenham 3-0 up at half-time.

"We got a goal within 30 seconds of the start of the second half and I think that got them nervous.

"The important thing was how they applied themselves in the second half and raised the tempo of the game.

"To score five goals away from home was extraordinary."

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