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Manchester United boss nearly signed Aaron Ramsey

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Ramsey is having a great time at the moment. (©GettyImages)
Ramsey is having a great time at the moment. (©GettyImages).

Aaron Ramsey can't stop scoring at the moment and is possibly the best performing star of the Premier League at the moment - but he was close to not doing it in the red of Arsenal.

Manchester United manager David Moyes has revealed that he had the Gunners midfielder in his living room in a bid to try and get him to snub both Old Trafford and Emirates Stadium for Everton.

Moyes only succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson this summer and his experience with Ramsey would have been one he was very used to as the Toffees boss, with bigger clubs outbidding them.

Ramsey is currently in the form of his life with Arsenal leading the Premier League, but it could have all been different if Moyes had been more persuasive.

‘Yeah, I was very close to signing Ramsey at Everton. I had him in my house and Arsenal beat me to it," he told reporters.

Arsene Wenger eventually won the race in 2008 and signed up the Welshman from Cardiff Coty in a deal worth £5million, but it has taken a while for Ramsey to show his true potential.

A horrific leg-break at Stoke City in 2010 was a massive setback to what was looking a promising start to Ramsey's career at Arsenal and he struggled to return to anything like his best form until earlier this year.

That tackle is now well behind him and Moyes will be hoping the 22-year-old's scoring form does not continue on Sunday when Manchester United welcome Arsenal to Old Trafford in what is a crucial test of the Gunners' title credentials.

Wenger's men currently stand five points clear at the summit and a victory at Old Trafford would put them 11 points ahead of the reigning champions, make a bold statement as to their ability to take the title and cap off a stunning week that has seen them beat Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund.

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