Burnley midfielder Steven Defour has said that a potential move to Manchester United was on the cards before he fractured his foot.
The Belgium international sealed an £8million switch to Turf Moor this summer, but he claims his career path could have taken a different direction had a setback not hindered his progress.
Speaking to Sky Sports News HQ, he said: “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.
“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.”
But now Defour is determined to stand-out at Burnley and keep them in the top-flight.
He added: “I just want to show my quality to help Burnley and to stay in the Premier League.
“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.”