"We made contact through the proper channels, to see if Paul would consider coming down and having a look at what we had to offer at Manchester United.
"I met his mum and dad and had a chat with them, not taking anything for granted because you’re brought up at Manchester United not to get above our station. I asked if they’d consider having a look at what we’d got to offer and that’s how it all began.
"Paul came down with his mum and dad, he must’ve enjoyed it but he couldn’t sign for us because he was a November birthday and he couldn’t sign until the next May.
"We didn’t want to turn any young player’s head: we wanted them to come to Manchester United for the right reasons, so I said to Paul to continue to go to Latics and do his training on Tuesdays and Thursdays, not to sour his relationship in any way with them, and we didn’t want to do anything untoward.
"The window came that gave kids the opportunity to sign for another club if they hadn’t signed a schoolboy form anywhere, and, in the May, he joined