The report, originally from The Mail, claimed that the former Red Devils manager made the trip to Germany to watch the 2011/12 German Cup final between Dortmund and Bayern Munich. While the football was entertaining, Ferguson was not there as a spectator.
He met with Dortmund chiefs straight after the match to try and broker deals for Shinji Kagawa and Robert Lewandowski. The former eventually moved to Old Trafford while the latter remained in the Bundesliga. Ironically, Kagawa is back at the Westfalenstadion and Lewandowski has since departed.
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The alleged conversation
While Ferguson was only successful at convincing Dortmund to sell Kagawa, he also held a quick conversation with Hummels, who at the time was emerging as one of Europe's best young defenders.
Apparently Hummels promised Ferguson that if he ever left Germany, Manchester United would be his destination. Of course, much has changed since that alleged conversation took place, not least Ferguson's retirement and United's subsequent vacancy from the Champions League.
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It would be no surprise if the 25-year-old centre-back had since changed his mind, but instead Hummels has chosen to deny the conversation ever took place, which is equally possible, of course.
Writing on his Twitter account, he said: "To be clear: this so called 'promise' is completely made up... and that is a friendly expression for it."
Hummels may have never made such a promise, but that will not stop him being linked with a summer move to Old Trafford. Jurgen Klopp is ready to cash in on his captain this summer, but will demand £36million from interest parties, according to the same report.
Current Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has placed Hummels at the top of his transfer wish list and will see the asking price as a small obstacle. Ed Woodward has told Van Gaal he will have £150m to spend as he pleases this summer.
The Germany captain would surely only consider a move to Old Trafford, however, if they seal a place in next season's Champions League. They currently sit in fourth five points in front of Liverpool.
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