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Fergie: We’ve Wanted Jones For Years

Manchester United’s surprise transfer deal of the summer came when we paid £16m for Blackburn’s Phil Jones. With plenty of other clubs circling, Sir Alex Ferguson decided now was the time to buy him, even if the original plan was probably to wait another year or two.

Ferguson has revealed that United have been watching Jones since he was in Blackburn’s youth team, before Sam Allardyce gave him his first team debut.

“Big Sam said we stole him,” said Ferguson. “I was ahead of the game and recognised Phil when he played against us in Blackburn’s youth team a couple of years ago and was absolutely magnificent. I spoke to Sam the next day and he just laughed and said he was putting him in the first team.”

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. King Eric says:

    willie – Spot on mate. Its as though we don’t have a big game tonight. Tricky fucking game this one but think we will get the win. We did ok out in Benfica but under pressure for last 20 minutes or so. Need to come out of traps tonight, none of this tentative bollocks. Do what we did to Munich two year back or Schalke last year.

  2. King Eric says:

    Balaji – Huge Tache!! Ha superb mate. Only 24? Put you as older than that mate by your posts. I have a Tache going on at the minute for this “Movember” thing. Its fucking hideous.

  3. King Eric says:

    Right back to work.

  4. CedarsDevil says:

    King Eric is one of many reasons that got me hooked here, a true RoM legend he is

  5. King Eric says:

    Cedars – Thanks alot mate but we ALL play our part on this blog!!

  6. CedarsDevil says:

    Under age kids are not allowed to post here after 8! hahahahaha

  7. RedHound says:

    God almost everyone on here has kids, need to get me a kid

  8. CedarsDevil says:

    Now all we need is Costas for the love orgy to commence ! hahahaha

  9. kanchelskis says:

    King Eric says:

    I have a Tache going on at the minute for this “Movember” thing. Its fucking hideous.


    You and me both, mate. What’s yours like? Mine’s a kind of Morgan Spurlock / Rufus Hound situation.

  10. giggs12gerrard0 says:


    I understand mate its always K stand for me! I love the K stand barmy army, ever lasting memory when was 94 aganist Coventry at home- check out the link. This is what going the game was always about for me!

    God I miss those days.

  11. slim says:

    I was just going to say the same RedHound, What the fuck have i been ding with my life. Would never have guessed Cedars had a kid – it is quite stupid to assume otherwise i have say, never met the fella so why would i think that. KE is expecting as well.. Told him he’s gonna get his kid on the Sir Alex’s birthday. That would be stuff of legend. that said i’m sure he doesn’t want to wait that long, poor missus would be pissed as well no doubt.

  12. Sandeep1878 says:

    Good evenings kids, youth, dads and grandpas :P


    Where the bloodyb hell are the Kings and Smarty? :(

  13. Sandeep1878 says:

    on Jonesy lad,

    Hell, this lad seems to amaze us every single passing day,

    btw, Happy birthday Smalling, hte other star on the block

  14. RedHound says:

    Some interesting figures on the UEFA champions League Group Stages

    Turning up to play-€550,000

  15. CedarsDevil says:


    Brilliant video! Barmy Army…. loved it

    Should try and find me some Stretty related ones, loudest in the land we were…….

  16. CedarsDevil says:

    K stand Barmy Army, K stand Barmy Army

    Fucking best football supporters in the world

  17. kanchelskis says:


    As good as these hardcore mentalists?×385/10361919.jpg

  18. CedarsDevil says:


    Hahaha, nice one…. In their wildest dreams buddy

  19. Giggs12Gerrard0 says:


    I love my old man’s stories of stretty end in the 70′s he used to wear a doctors coat with eccles boys mufc on the back as all the lads did. Awesome stuff

    Where do you live incidentally mate I know your from chorlton originally

  20. RedManWalking says:

    @Cedars – Definitely #1 on my reading list!

    @King Eric – If you try reading all the posts and then commenting, you will just find a 100 posts more after the page is refreshed :P I say comment as soon as you see posts :)

    When’s the match? is BST – GMT + 0:00 or GMT + 1:00 right now?

  21. CedarsDevil says:


    Lived in Chorlton for about 12 years and later in other parts of Manchester, I am originally Lebanese my good friend, hence the name Cedars

  22. King Eric says:

    kanchelskis – Ha. Mine is frankly pathetic and every colour under the sun. Ginger, Brown and Grey. Its like a fifteen year olds tache. Raised nearly 700 sheets between 17 of us at work though!!!

  23. King Eric says:

    Giggs12 – Haven’t opened that link as busy but is it the one in the concourse where everyone bouncing up and down? Superb stuff.

  24. Snoopy says:

    Phil will be our future captain!


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