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Sunderland boss Bruce: I was seventh choice Man Utd signing!

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce admits he was scared stiff when he was first signed by Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Bruce was snapped up by United from Norwich City in an £800,000 deal and recalled: "I was frightened. I walked into the dressing room and thought, 'Oh my God, I have seen all these players on the telly'.

"I didn't go there until I was 27, and I had only played two years in the top flight, so it was a bit of a gamble.

"To be fair, I think Fergie had missed out on about five or six centre-halves and I was seventh on the list, but you would have to ask him that!

"We struggled to begin with, we struggled in the early years and when we look back now and think they have won the Premier League 10 times since 1993 it's quite staggering because it took something like 26 years to win."

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