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Fergie: We Beat Chelsea, City, Arsenal And Everton To Powell

Sir Alex Ferguson has reflected on how Manchester United went about getting Nick Powell to join us this summer.

“We sent people to see him a few times after he started scoring a few goals,” he told the official site. “He actually first came on our radar a few years ago when he played against our youth team. But we watched him seriously from February. Mike Phelan went to see him a few times and so did our chief scout, Jim Lawlor. My brother Martin also went to see him against Torquay before I went for myself, with Mike, when Crewe played Aldershot. We were thinking things over. We’d seen a few other Premier League clubs there at the game – Everton, somebody from Arsenal, somebody from Chelsea, they were very keen on Nick, so we thought it was best to set the wheels in motion. When Mick and I went to watch Nick we came away and I said: ‘He’s definitely a player. There’s no doubt about that.’ We thought that if we waited until the play-offs the secret would be out, so to speak. All the TV cameras would be focussed on him and it might alert a few other clubs. Mind you, there were already quite a few interested. As well as Arsenal and Chelsea, we knew Manchester City were keeping tabs on him as well. So I phoned [Crewe director of football] Dario Gradi, told him we were keen and we started negotiating. We sorted the deal with the chairman and agreed we’d leave it until after the play-off finals. It was all in place a good 10 days beforehand. Nick’s agent told Nick after the match and then he came up to my house the next day and we got the deal done.”


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210 Comments

  1. denton davey says:

    Red Devil @ 15:18: “Playing on the streets brings a determination and skills on the ball (usually) and the dribbling on several ocassions and especially in the reserves a couple of seasons ago showed that…
    He was scoring for fun in the reserves and playing well when i had more time for watching MUTV.”

    The main thing missing from Bebe’s game is an awareness of his team-mates. If anything, he’s too direct and too focussed on beating his man ! Doesn’t that sound like the criticism levelled against players like Nani or even CR7 ?

  2. denton davey says:

    “He actually first came on our radar a few years ago when he played against our youth team. But we watched him seriously from February. Mike Phelan went to see him a few times and so did our chief scout, Jim Lawlor. My brother Martin also went to see him against Torquay before I went for myself, with Mike, when Crewe played Aldershot.”

    So, let’s get this straight – UTD had had this kid on the radar for “a few years ago”. That means that they didn’t learn about him from TheSun or TheMirror – gasp !

  3. MG says:

    James

    6 weeks today right about now actually or a little earlier – eye started flashing

    Cutting the long and epic story short it was found to be a retinal hole happens to people who suffer from myopic vision – short sightedness

    Had laser eye surgery – gradually getting better – will take it’s time for hole to close

    19

  4. shazadthered says:

    SAF should not miss his targets this time, i think he’s gonna get RvP n Lucas, and hopefully they can help us fuck city up n show them how many teams there are in manchester :)

  5. Red Devil says:

    Denton Davey

    You’re on the money mate….his lack of awareness..

    Some people are born with it but it can definitely be improved with the right coaching and as you gain maturity….maybe Scholesy can work some of his magic while coaching him.
    Although in the case of Bebe, its almost understandable, that you’ve just come in from the streets to Manchester United of all places and want to impress everyone and end up overdoing it by trying to beat too many players…again, that will improve with time and as he gets the confidence and belief from his team-mates…
    Hell Nani still has some of that in his game yet…that over-eagerness to please with the ball.

    Of course as I say, it was just Shenhua Shanghai, but the quality of opposition has little to do with shooting accuracy or his physical strength. Besides, we’re all raving about Kagawa and Lingard and the other young players, based on their performances against exactly the same pre-season teams.

    So not to get carried away, but I’d still like to think that Carlos Queiroz and Sir Alex were not total mugs to sign this guy for the kind of money they did….they must have seen something…

  6. Red Devil says:

    MG

    Good to hear your updates and to see you posting on here..
    Keep well mate.

  7. Red Devil says:

    Its one of those days…..I cant sleep…!
    And nobody’s here! :D

  8. Red Devil says:

    Scott The Red

    Hi mate, If you’re reading this, I’ve left a post on the other thread “Fergie’s attack on fans” that you may just want to go through.

  9. Zulu-Utd-Malta says:

    We fended off Chelsea, Cty, Arsenal & Chelsea and anybody knows why ? Simples…. because the boy didn’t want to join a project like for ex: Eden Hazard. The boy wanted to join Manchester United !!!
    Any other comments are a waste of space.

  10. g-man says:

    is the fact we beat the others tp sign this player supposed to make us feel good? epic fail. another poor offseason

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