Steven Defour discusses Manchester United's interest in 2009

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The letter Sir Alex Ferguson wrote to Steven Defour back in 2009 was back in the headlines last month when the Belgian completed a move to Premier League new boys Burnley.

Defour was being closely watched by the former Manchester United manager, however, a serious broken bone in his foot scuppered his chances of moving to Old Trafford.

Ferguson made contact with the midfielder after hearing about the injury and wished him a 'full and speedy recovery'. If you haven't seen the Scot's heartfelt message, you can read the full letter further down the page.

Seven years later and Defour has finally made his mark in England's top division, albeit for Sean Dyche's team rather than the Red Devils.

In an interview with Sky Sports, the 28-year-old has opened up on how distraught he felt once the potential transfer to United collapsed.

"Before my injury it [a United move] was one of the possibilities, because I knew they were following me but then came that severe injury and that was quite a hard one from me," Defour said.

"It was an open fracture of my foot and I was really down because, for the first time, I could have played in the Champions League and then three days before I broke my foot so I was really down.

"It was difficult to find my form before my injury to have the level of a club like Manchester United."

Defour has struggled to live up to the initial exciting promise he showed as a youngster ever since his injury but has still been able to represent a few top European clubs in the form of Porto and Anderlecht.

However, after opening his account for Burnley in their 1-1 draw with Hull last weekend with a blistering strike from distance, it could be a first sign of the ability Ferguson clearly thought he possessed.

While he could have been fighting for the title for Red Devils, the Belgian has had to settle for what is expected to be a tough relegation battle this season but he remains confident the Turf Moor-based outfit will stay up.

"I just want to show my quality to help Burnley and to stay in the Premier League," Defour added.

"He [Burnley boss Sean Dyche] asked me to get the ball, to take my responsibility and get the team playing.

"It's really a group, it's really a team. It's a team that really fits together and everybody is working for everybody."

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