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Sir Alex wanted Man Utd to sign Ampadu before Chelsea move

Sir Alex Ferguson wanted to see Manchester United sign Ethan Ampadu ahead of Chelsea, it has been revealed.

Ferguson spotted Ampadu when Exeter Under-13s travelled to United in 2013 for a junior tournament. Ferguson was so impressed by the youngster he lobbied United's then-chief executive David Gill to conclude a deal for Ampadu.

However, the Manchester Evening News says Ferguson and Gill stepped down as David Moyes and Ed Woodward came in and presided over a desperate transfer window.

Exeter's former academy coach Simon Hayward said earlier this year: "In that visit to Manchester United there was a game going on with his age group, there were trialists from all over Europe.

"Ethan played as a central defender, a central midfielder and a centre forward at different times in the game and, in my opinion, he was the best player on the pitch no matter what position he played in."

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