Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that Manchester United have been interested in Phil Jones since even before he made his Blackburn Rovers debut.
Jones joined Man Utd for a hefty £16m earlier this summer, but Ferguson admitted he had enquired about the English teenager years beforehand.
“He was first identified when he played for Blackburn’s youth team against us a couple of years ago, when they beat us 3-0,” explained Ferguson.
“He was absolutely magnificent. I phoned Sam Allardyce the next week to speak to him about the boy and he said Phil was the best young player he’s ever had.
“We kept our eyes on the situation and obviously in the season just gone we managed to get him.”