Antonio Valencia has revealed he knew of Manchester United's interest in his services last year.
The Ecuadorian winger claims to have held informal transfer talks with Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson last December.
Valencia says Ferguson stated his interest back then and told him he intended to push through a deal once the season ended.
True to his word the United boss secured Valencia's signature on a four-year contract after finalising a £16million deal with Wigan.
"I knew last December I would be going to United," Valencia told Ecuadorian television.
"I had a conversation with Alex Ferguson, and he told me once the season was over he wanted to have me in his squad - I felt honoured
"What he said was as good as having signed a contract - he does what he says."