Rio Ferdinand has joined plenty of Manchester United fans in voicing his disappointment that a deal for Pedro Rodriguez wasn’t completed.
For weeks, Man United looked to be in pole position for the Spanish winger and a move to Old Trafford seemed on the cards.
Yet, it all changed at the last minute thanks to interest from Jose Mourinho and within 48 hours of their offer, Pedro completed his move to Chelsea.
Louis van Gaal insisted Pedro would have come to United had we wanted him but said it was the club’s decision to pull out of any deal to sign him, rather than anything else. That statement has been met with plenty of sceptics who see it as a thinly veiled attempt at saving face in an embarrassing situation.
Fans’ frustrations were compounded when Pedro won man of the match for an inspiring debut in Chelsea’s 3-2 win over West Bromwich Albion with ten men in which he scored one goal and set-up another.
Ferdinand was certainly frustrated at seeing Pedro performing so well for Chelsea, as were plenty of other Reds:
@manutd not getting Pedro dissappointed me….especially seeing he scored today too!!
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) August 23, 2015
On paper, Pedro looked like the perfect Van Gaal signing: versatile, pacy and full of stamina, he is the archetypal team player but has the ability to win games on his own as well.
Yet, Van Gaal said he never fit his profile in what was an altogether strange denial of any interest in him.
Whatever way you look at it, unless United do bring in a new attacker, there is every chance the same problems we faced against Newcastle will repeat themselves all season and in that scenario, missing out on Pedro would be a seen as a big mistake.