So much so, that they hammered out a deal with Torquay boss Cyril Knowles in the car at the ground!
With Ferguson making it clear he would not leave until they had shaken hands on a transfer, his counterpart visited Sharpe’s lodgings in the early hours to break the news to the star-struck teenager. There was perhaps a concern Knowles would use his contacts at Tottenham, a club he played for as a defender, to sell them the player. Norwich City had also been casting admiring glances at Lee but the determined hands-on approach from the United boss proved decisive, even if there was an agreement for the youngster to see out the remainder of the season at Torquay before completing the move north.
This proved another clever move by Ferguson and, at the start of the 1988/89 campaign, his new recruit was able to bed himself into his new surroundings. The fact there were special matches designed to mark the centenary of the Football League helped the youngster enjoy some first-team action at an early stage.