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.
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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