PHIL JONES has revealed he turned down transfers to Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea to join Manchester United.
The defender claimed it was Sir Alex Ferguson’s in-depth understanding of every player that stood out to him.
Jones made the £16.5million move to Old Trafford in 2011 after proving his potential with Blackburn Rovers.
The 28-year-old insisted he had a number of the Premier League’s biggest clubs queuing up for his signature that summer.
But he knew United was the place for him after speaking to legendary manager Ferguson.
He told the United club website: “He was there for my first two years and he was the one who brought me from Blackburn – I’m forever grateful to him for doing that.
“He was the last person I’d spoke to and I remember walking back out with my agent and saying: ‘I want to sign for Man United’.
“That was it. We hadn’t even discussed personal terms, but I knew that was the club I wanted to sign for.
“His understanding of every player [set him apart].
“His understanding and level of communications with those players was the best I’ve ever been involved with.
“He understood everyone in terms of: ‘Do I need to give them a rest? Do I need to play him? Give him an around the shoulder? Do I need to go full hairdryer treatment? Do I need to give him some time off?’
“He knew exactly how to handle every situation. For me, that’s what made him the best.”
After two years with United, Fergie boldly claimed that Jones could be the club’s best player in history.
He said: “Jones, arguably the way he is looking, could be our best player ever.
“I think Jones may be one of the best players we have ever had, no matter where we play him.”
Jones has since went on to make 224 appearances for the Red Devils.