Failure and Fellaini are the buzzwords of Manchester United’s transfer window.
Sceptics remain unconvinced that signing Belgian international midfielder Fellaini from Everton marks a coup for the Red Devils.
Meanwhile, to the list of Cesc Fabregs, Thiago Alcantara, Daniele De Rossi, Ander Herrera, Sami Khedira and Leighton Baines can now be added another player United tried and failed to sign.
Real Madrid wing-back, Fabio Coentrao, was a deadline day loan target for the Premier League champions.
The Portuguese international had been deemed surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu by manager Carlo Ancelotti, and he had announced his desire to leave.
He had been linked to Tottenham Hotspur in the deal that saw Gareth Bale join Real Madrid, but the London club’s hard deal driving chairman, Daniel Levy, insisted Bale would only be sold for cash.
When United failed to sign Baines from Everton, they turned their attentions to 25-year-old Coentrao.
The BBC claims that a loan deal for the 37-cap international had been agreed, and the papers with all the relevant signatures had been submitted ahead of the 23:00 deadline.
However, when Madrid themselves failed to conclude a deal for Granada defender Guilherme Siqueira, who ironically joined Coentrao’s old club Benfica instead, they pulled the plug on United’s bid.
Had the Red Devils managed to secure the signing of Coentrao, perhaps their transfer window would have been looked upon more favourably.
But as it stands, only the most committed of Red Devils supporters woke up on Tuesday morning pleased with the transfer work carried out by the champions.