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Sir Alex writes to Defour over injury setback

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has written to Standard Liege midfielder Steven Defour - who he was linked with in the summer - to wish him a speedy recovery from his broken foot.

The Belgium international was rumoured to be interesting several of Europe's top clubs over the summer after helping fire Liege into the Champions League for the first ever time.

But the former Genk star's hopes of further impressing in Europe this season were ruined when he suffered a broken metatarsal.

Now, though, United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has, according to Het Laatste Nieuws, written directly to the 21-year-old to wish him a quick return to full fitness with Liege.

The paper reports Sir Alex as writing: "Dear Steven, I heard about your injury. You will probably be devastated at the moment and you'll have all kinds of questions. However, there is no reason to be concerned as everything will work out fine. You'll have to work hard to return to match action, but I'll keep on monitoring your situation. I will stay in touch with Standard Liege and I wish you a speedy recovery."

There is no question that Sir Alex contacted the player without prior permission.

"One thing I should like to highlight is that Ferguson has followed his interest officially,'' Defour told Het Laatste Nieuws. "He addressed the letter to Standard.

"I think the attention is great, but I do not want people think I am already at Manchester, which is no means the case. But if they come knocking, then I would obviously not cause problems.''

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