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Steven Defour’s stunning free kick sparks memories of his touching Sir Alex Ferguson letter

The Burnley midfielder curled home a stunning goal to put Burnley 2-0 up at Manchester United

Steven Defour’s career has never quite reached the levels it once threatened.

But his free kick against Manchester United will certainly go down as one of the finer moments.


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Needs to be a belter to beat De Gea from there

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Needs to be a belter to beat De Gea from there

It was

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It was

The Burnley midfielder curled home a beauty to put the Clarets 2-0 up before half time, beating the best goalkeeper in the country in David De Gea all ends up.

And the sparkling strike sparked memories of when United icon Sir Alex Ferguson reached out to Defour back in 2009.

At the time Defour was one of the most coveted midfielders in Europe, but a nasty leg break where you could “see the bone” derailed his progress and deterred interest from the big clubs.

Ferguson reached out to Defour

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Ferguson reached out to Defour

And it’s obvious Ferguson was one of those who admired the Belgian when he left him a touching letter after suffering the injury.

Ferguson indeed pledged to get in touch with Defour and his then club Standard Liege to keep track of his recovery.

So was a move to United in the offing prior to his injury?

If it had materialised, we almost certainly wouldn’t have witnessed his moment of magic at Old Trafford today…


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