‘We should have signed so & so’, ‘Blah blah blah will help us beat Barca’ etc are refrains commonly heard amongst the transfer muppets.
Whilst tons of players were eyed up by our armchair scouts, none got the blood rushing like Wesley Sneijder.
We played footsie with the midfielder only for the window to close without having signed the Dutchman much to the chagrin of fans all around the world.
But don’t feel too silly, it appears Wes believed so too!
“I just felt that it was close, yes [I thought I was going].
“We had several talks, the situation was such that Inter had to sell a player, Eto’o or me, and indeed there was interest.
“They [Manchester United] are one of the biggest clubs in the world, so it did not seem a bad thing – but at the same time I do not want to leave Inter.
“Italy is great for me, and I cannot exclude that they [United] got that feeling, for me a move was not an absolute must and there were a few things which meant it did not happen.”