Nicolas Otamendi is a player who was linked to Manchester United all summer long by the Spanish and Argentinian press.
On the contrary, the British press, who were being fed information from their Man United sources that Louis van Gaal was never interested in signing Otamendi.
Today, the Valencia centre-back completed his move to Manchester City and after he was widely considered one of the best available defenders, there are United fans who are frustrated to see him join our rivals.
Here’s what a few fans had to say:
@PeoplesPerson_ As long as Mike Smalldini doesn't get injured, I think we're good to go…
— Aditya Vandkar (@Aditya_16V) August 20, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ Totally gutted. We need another strong CB. Smalling and Rojo will do but I'm not sure they'll be fit for all matches
— Simon Mwangi (@simonynsky) August 20, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ I'm content with Smalling/Rojo as our first choice pairing, but not with Jones/Evans/Blind/Blackett/McNair as backup…
— Jack (@depayinthesky) August 20, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ United are doing well for the moment but can't depend on them staying fit. Should've gone for him, he's a top player
— Hemanth. (@HBK_MUFC) August 20, 2015
.@PeoplesPerson_ Annoyed cos it strengthens City, but our defence has been so good that I worry little about it. Problems are elsewhere.
— Elliot Saunders (@saunders_MUFC) August 20, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ Let Rojo build his fitness..we'll see him and Smalling will be BANG
— King Wazza (@onelovemanutd_) August 20, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ Smalling wont miss many games, feel he'll play with knocks etc in order to cement his place.
— David Sorby (@davesorby) August 20, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ theyre doing well but staying injury free isnt guaranteed
— Jane Willacey (@JaneWillacey) August 20, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ the fact that we're passing on players that we really need is disappointing. Need to strengthen the back.
— O'Ryan Heideman (@orYans_belt) August 20, 2015
Chris Smalling‘s superb start to the season is really pleasing to see but fans know full well that United will face an injury crisis this season at one point due to defensive injuries, which is why there is concern that no centre-back has been signed this summer.
There is still time left in the window for a new centre-back to join but questions have to be asked at this stage as to who Van Gaal would be able to buy.
What do you think about Nicolas Otamendi’s move to Manchester City? Leave your comments below.