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Sir Alex Ferguson was very impressed with Joe Allen's Euro 2016 displays

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Wales were one of the standout nations at this summer's Euro 2016 as they progressed all the way to the semi-finals.

Under the management of Chris Coleman, their entire squad impressed during their unexpected run in France.

One player in particular, though, who caught the eye of former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was a player who only yesterday left the Old Trafford club's fierce rivals, Liverpool.


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According to Wales legend Dean Saunders, speaking via the BBC, it was new Stoke City signing Joe Allen who drew the plaudits from Sir Alex.

"I was speaking to Sir Alex Ferguson and he said, 'What about Joe Allen's performances in the Euros? What a player he is'," explained Saunders.

"He never mentioned Aaron Ramsey or Gareth Bale."

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Allen, of course, left Liverpool to join Stoke City on Monday in a deal worth £13 million. 

Although he wasn't always the most popular player at Anfield, the Welsh midfielder enhanced his reputation hugely with some excellent displays at Euro 2016, and he was ultimately named in the team of the tournament.


Clearly, Sir Alex Ferguson was amongst those who Allen impressed over the summer and hearing a Manchester United great gush over a departing Liverpool player will likely add to the frustration felt by a section of fans who feel Jurgen Klopp has made a mistake letting the Welshman leave.

The fact, though, that Ferguson was so keen to praise the former Swansea and Liverpool man ahead of bigger names like Bale and Ramsey shows just how much of an impact Allen made on the tournament.

If truth be told, however, Allen never quite hit those heights during his time at Anfield.

Indeed, before a late run of good form to see out the 2015/16 season, the 26-year-old was often used as a scapegoat by fans of the Merseyside club.

Liverpool will certainly be hoping the sale doesn't come back to haunt them as Allen begins life as a Stoke player. 

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It could be worse, though. If Sir Alex had still been in charge at Old Trafford it sounds like he would have been looking to make a move to bring Allen to United.

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