Spartak Moscow midfielder Quincy Promes has confirmed Manchester United were interested in signing him before he left FC Twente last summer but that a firm offer did not materialise.
Promes’ has racked up three assists and seven goals since joining Spartak in a £9.5m deal.
Ultimately, Man United didn’t decide to act on their interest. The player himself said he would have been hesitant to move to such a big club even if they had made a move as a transfer may have hampered his development.
When asked if United were interested in him, Promes said: ”I can confirm that. But a concrete proposal did not exist.”
“Frankly, I felt at that moment not ready to make the transfer to Manchester. Who could guarantee me that I would not be constantly overlooked at United.”
Even Di Maria, United’s club-record signing, has found himself frozen out by van Gaal. The Dutchman is a very demanding manager and it would have been very difficult for Promes to get himself into the starting XI.