Manchester United Missed Out On Premier League Youngster Despite Sir Alex Ferguson's Recommendation

There's a period in Manchester United's very recent history that fans would love to delete, for some of them it's still happening, and now they've got one more reason to be angry at the David Moyes era.

Wake up Manchester United fans, it was all just a nightmare. Sir Alex Ferguson is still your manager and you've just won your 23rd Premier League title...

Wake up Manchester United fans, that last line was all just a dream. Fergie retired five years ago, you've not come close to winning the league since and now you're stuck in a world where you aren't sure whether to blame Jose Mourinho, the club's hierarchy, the players or legendary boss Fergie for your team's current plight.

The Scot is rightfully a legend at United and in the Premier League and no one can argue with what he achieved at Old Trafford. However there is a lot of questions about the state he left the club in with the team, despite winning the league in 2013, not his best one by a long way.

Fergie also appointed David Moyes his successor in a move that didn't exactly go well for the club. And that change meant they missed out on a player that the 13 time Premier League winner had recommended.

According to the Manchester Evening News United were on the verge of signing youngster Ethan Ampadu from Exeter City at the age of 12, before he moved to Chelsea.

Ampadu was excellent in the games against Ireland. Image: PA Images
Ampadu was excellent in the games against Ireland. Image: PA Images

The Welshman has been attracting big headlines in recent weeks for his performances for his country and the fact that he's caught Maurizio Sarri's eye at Stamford Bridge.

Fergie had spotted him in 2013 at an under 13s tournament and is said to have described the defender as a 'proper United player.'

It seems that the change over from Ferguson and David Gill, then chief executive, to Moyes and Ed Woodward, Gill's replacement, messed things up for the Red Devils.

Ampadu playing for the young England team. Image: PA Images
Ampadu playing for the young England team. Image: PA Images

Earlier this week it came about that Ampadu was recommended to England but the FA reckoned he took too many touches to be a player for the Three Lions.

A once great team, still living off former glories and trying to get back to their previous place missed out on Ampadu, well two did.

Ryan Sidle

Ryan is a writer for SPORTbible. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.

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