Another day, another United #fail story.
On Tuesday the football media was awash with reports of Manchester United’s farcical movements in the transfer period.
A list of missed targets was pored over, with only Marouane Fellaini’s late arrival at a fee over the odds to salve the Red Devils’ wounded transfer spirits.
And just when the United faithful thought it was safe to go back in the water, another beast has risen from the depths to torment them.
Serial United rumour man, Wesley Sneijder, was also sought by the English champions. But their tentative advances were rejected by the Dutch playmaker’s Turkish club, Galatasaray.
Pint-sized former Ajax, Real Madrid and Inter Milan schemer Sneijder has been linked to Manchester United since 2010 at least, and his name flits across the radar in the Old Trafford transfer bunker season after season.
For once, the English champions actually sounded out their man, but what they heard from his Turkish paymasters was unpleasant.
"Sneijder received an indirect offer from Manchester United two weeks ago but it was not accepted," Galatasaray’s sporting co-ordinator Bulunt Tulun told Milliyet.
"There are several clubs that want him but just like we can't let go of [striker] Burak [Yilmaz] we also have to keep hold of Sneijder."
Meanwhile, as the Sneijder story breaks like salt in the wounds, United manager David Moyes and under fire vice chairman, Ed Woodward, are reportedly already planning for the January transfer window, and how the Red Devils can make up for the pre-season transfer embarrassment.