Manchester United are a club fortunate enough to be able to afford scouts all over the world, this extensive network allows the Red Devils the best possible chance of finding those elite level players. One man they were keen on signing at one point is Burnley’s new record transfer fee, and midfielder, Steven Defour.
The Belgian international, now 28, was extremely highly regarded in his younger days, but a whole host of injuries hampered his development massively, and the interest from the so-called ‘top clubs’ cooled off quickly.
A move to Burnley and the Premier League took place this summer, in a deal worth £8million and he has already proven to be an instant hit at Turf Moor.
He has been speaking to the media about his career, and revealed injuries prevented any potential move to Old Trafford from happening.
“Before my injury it [a United move] was one of the possibilities, because I knew they were following me but then came that severe injury and that was quite a hard one from me.” Defour told Sky Sports.
“It was an open fracture of my foot and I was really down because, for the first time, I could have played in the Champions League and then three days before I broke my foot so I was really down.”
“It was difficult to find my form before my injury to have the level of a club like Manchester United.”
He’s 28 now, and you feel that his chance of playing for one of the elite level sides has now gone, but you just never know in football and that’s why we love it so much.
If he can impress this season, and Burnley go down, there is no way he’ll be wanting to play his trade in a lower division so you just cannot rule it out.