The prospect of a deal, which seems to be becoming an obsession at Old Trafford, goes back nearly a year and goes some way to explaining what is now perceived as United’s ‘bungled’ activity during the transfer window. That ended up with United paying £5million more for Marouane Fellaini on deadline day than they could have signed him a few weeks sooner. And that was it.
As a consequence the club’s new chief executive Ed Woodward is already getting flak for being ‘out of his depth’. Maybe those who say recently departed predecessor David Gill could be missed as much as Alex Ferguson may have a point.