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.
On Wednesday Ferguson confessed that selling Stam was an error, and the 35-year-old has applauded the Scotsman's admission.
"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."