David Moyes has admitted he tried to lure Leighton Baines with him to Manchester United during the summer.
The Scot was linked with a move for two of his former Everton players in Baines and Marouane Fellaini, but only succeeded in their attempts to land the Belgian midfielder.
Manchester United had a combined bid of £28 million for the pair turned down and labelled "derisory and insulting" by Everton before they eventually paid over £27 million for Fellaini on deadline day.
Speaking at the official unveiling of the Belgian today Moyes defended the pursuit of his two former players, and revealed that he tried until 'the last minute' to lure Baines to Old Trafford.
"No [I don't regret how late the deal was] because we chose to do it the way we did because we wanted to try and get [Leighton] Baines," the former Everton boss said.
"We didn't want to give up on him right up until the last minute.
"We felt the best way to do that was to keep the deals together and only at the last minute did we split the deal, so that was the way we chose to do it."
Felliani is set to make his debut for the Red Devils when they take on newly-promoted Crystal Palace on Saturday.