Kevin Strootman would have flourished at Old Trafford had he secured a transfer to Manchester United rather than join Roma, according to former Premier League star George Boateng.
The highly-rated Netherlands international was linked with a move to Manchester as David Moyes strives to reinforce his midfield ranks, but was eventually snapped up by Roma for £17 million.
Manchester United's failure to capture the signature of Strootman, says Boateng, could prove to be an error by Moyes, with the former Aston Villa star believing the 23-year-old would have been a great success with the Premier League champions.
"It's a shame Strootman didn't end up at United because he is a very good player," Boateng told SportsDirect News.
"I think of the players who have signed to Premier League clubs from Holland this year, he really would have been the best.
"He is a good passer, he is strong and he can score goals."
The want of Moyes to sign a midfielder of some repute has led the new Manchester United manager to pursue Barcelona star Cesc Fabregas, with the former Arsenal captain the subject of three bids from the club.
Barcelona, however, maintain they have no intention of selling Fabregas, even though Moyes claims talks between the two clubs are 'ongoing'.