Man United were close to signing No.11 South American forward

Bianconeri were reportedly willing to sell Red Devils target, Douglas Costa, this past transfer window, but Maurizio Sarri’s arrival forced a change instance. Brazil international didn’t have the best of campaigns last year, as he managed to contribute only one goal and two assists in 25 matches.

However, while that was in a more bit-part role under Max Allegri, he looks ready to enjoy a more prominent one under Sarri and has already registered two assists in two Serie A matches to start the new season. It could have been very different for him this summer though, as Old Lady were set to sacrifice Costa and had valued him at a€75m.

It’s added that Man United were interested and could have perhaps asked for him to be included in a possible swap deal involving Paul Pogba, but ultimately after Maurizio arrived and made it clear that Douglas had a key role to play for him, the situation collapsed and he remained in Italy.

Norwegian manager saw Daniel James arrive from Swansea to strengthen his front-line and the Welsh starlet has made a fantastic start to life at Theatre of Dreams. Time will tell whether or not Man United added enough quality and experience this summer, especially considering that they let Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez join Inter.

That could leave them short up top, especially with no Brazilian star arriving this past summer, but ultimately the most significant positive that they can surely take away from it all is that Paul stayed and is in a position to continue to be a key figure for the Red Devils this campaign.