David Moyes revealed on Friday that Manchester United did not meet Marouane Fellaini's release clause because he was so desperate to sign Leighton Baines.
The United boss eventually got hold of Everton star Fellaini but was unable to convince the Toffees into selling the England left-back.
Moyes then turned his attention to Fabio Coentrao in hope that he would have a suitable option to rival Patrice Evra for the left-back spot.
Baines would have surely been handed the left-back spot if Baines was to complete a move to Manchester United as Moyes wouldn't fork out over £12million for a player who was going to be confined to the substitutes' bench.
Baines was never going to hand in a transfer request like his former teammate Fellaini was forced into doing at the later stages of deadline day, in order to seal a dream move to the Premier League champions.
However Baines may regret not forcing through a move when he looks back on his career as it was probably his last chance to seal a move to a big team.
Moyes will probably look to bring in a left-back next summer as Evra's current contract expires at the end of the current season.
However Moyes may decide to chase a younger full-back like Southampton's Luke Shaw, who would have had another Premier League campaign under his belt by the time the Red Devils looked to replace Evra.
Another season may also see Alexander Buttner or Fabio da Silva wrestle the left-back spot off of Evra - especially if the 32-year-old picks up a serious injury or is severely out of form.
Baines had the chance of battling for domestic and European honours but did not want to force Everton's hand.
He should be praised for being one of the few clubs who showed loyalty to their current employers but maybe should have been less selfish to have the chance of winning some silverware.