The Letter Sir Alex Ferguson Sent To Steven Defour In 2009 Is Doing The Rounds
Eight years before scoring a wonderful free-kick past David de Gea at Old Trafford, the highly rated Steven Defour was touted for great things during his time at Standard Liège - just check out his stats on Football Manager 2007.
During his five year spell with the club, he became an influential member of the Belgian First Division side, captaining his side on a regular basis, but serious injuries scuppered his chances of a big move.
Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City were reportedly interested in his services, and Manchester United may have been interested looking at the letter Sir Alex Ferguson sent him back in 2009 - just days after he broke a bone in his foot.
Back in 2009 then Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson penned a letter to Steven Defour, who the club were following closely, wishing speedy recovery after breaking his metatarsal pic.twitter.com/9epyZ38gAO- Mohamed Moallim (@iammoallim) December 26, 2017
The letter from Sir Alex read: "Dear Steven, I have just heard about your injury and, in the name of Manchester United, I would like to wish you a full and speedy recovery. I am sure at the moment you must be feeling awful and that you'll have all kinds of questions."
"Steven, these are natural worries but I have to tell you that modern medicine and treatments are incredible, you have to have confidence in them.
"I'm going to follow your progress closely and I will remain in contact with your club to have news of your recovery."
Wonder if Sir Alex Ferguson, in the crowd today, remembers writing to Steven Defour to wish him well after he broke his foot in 2009.- Rob Dawson (@RobDawsonESPN) December 26, 2017
Steven Defour, eight years after Sir Alex Ferguson courted him, scores a cracking free-kick. De Gea got a hand to it. #mufc- Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) December 26, 2017
Now playing for Premier League high flyers Burnley, the midfielder is discovering his form this season, including a Boxing Day screamer against David de Gea.
In fact, Steven Defour's goal for Burnley is the first that De Gea has conceded from outside the penalty area in Premier League this season. He had saved all the previous 32 attempts.
Steven Defour's goal for Burnley is the first that David De Gea has conceded from outside the penalty area in PL this season - had saved all previous 32 attempts pic.twitter.com/IT3bGTy7Gz- Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) December 26, 2017