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The academy defender that Ferguson regrets selling

James Chester was born in Birchwood, Warrington and he went to his first Manchester United match aged six.

Two years after United had played Rotor Volgograd at Old Trafford in 1995, which was Chester’s first game, he had joined the Reds’ academy. Chester had always dreamed of representing United and he now had the opportunity to realise his ambition.

Chester quickly rose to prominence in the club’s youth ranks. He played in the 2007 FA Youth Cup final, he was named United’s U23s’ academy Player of the Year by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and he made his first team debut under Sir Alex Ferguson in 2009.

Chester was eventually sold to Hull City in 2011 for a transfer fee that Ferguson has openly called ‘an absolute steal’.

The MEN sat down with Chester here.

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James Chester spent 13 years at United. (Image: Getty Images)

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