The midfield duo went on to sign for Chelsea and Arsenal respectively, while United's only high-profile signing came in the form of Everton's Marouane Fellaini for £27.5 million.
David Moyes and recently-appointed chief executive Ed Woodward have come under fire for an apparent lack of transfer strategy this summer, with critics pointing to the Ander Herrera saga as case in point.
And the Old Trafford faithful will be disappointed to learn that United shunned Willian and Ozil, as both players then went on to sign for United's Premier League rivals.
Manchester United had been on the lookout for midfield reinforcements, and were offered Willian after Anzhi Makhachkala made him available for transfer.
Despite being keen to join Moyes' revolution, the samba star moved to Chelsea after passing up interest from Tottenham.
And Ozil was a realistic transfer target too - one national newspaper claimed the German international was offered to both United and Manchester City, prior to signing for Arsenal for a club record £42.5 million.
Why United opted against signing either one of the playmakers is unclear and their lack of interest is all the more baffling given that Moyes and Woodward made deadline day moves for Herrera and Sami Khedira.
Manchester United will be keen to put a frustrating transfer window behind them and return to focussing on their football - Moyes' men play host to Crystal Palace on September 14.