Manchester United were crying out for a new central midfielder over the summer as David Moyes looked to sign a long-term successor to Paul Scholes.
The Old Trafford boss chased and harried the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Thiago Alcantara and Ander Herrera - but to no avail.
However United should have instead looked closer to home by making a summer move for Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey.
The Red Devils had in fact agreed a deal to sign Ramsey back in June 2008 and even announced on their official website that they were 'delighted to announce' a deal for the Cardiff star.
Ramsey instead opted to join the Gunners as Arsene Wenger convinced him to reject the then Premier League champions.
The Welshman has since played a bit-part role in Arsenal's team due to a combination of injuries and inconsistent form.
However Ramsey has started the season off in devastating form - scoring six goals in seven games for Wenger's side.
The goals have also been important as his brace against Fenerbahce sealed Arsenal's place in the Champions League proper, his double against Sunderland won his side the three points and he scored the eventual winner at Marseille.
Despite winning the league last season, Manchester United were missing a box-to-box midfielder who could both create and score goals.
Ramsey can do both and is also - at the age of 22 - around five years away from hitting his peak.
He would have been a long-term investment who could have been a mainstay in United's midfield for years to come.
Before Manchester United forked out £27.5million on Marouane Fellaini, Moyes' only midfielders were Michael Carrick - who has just turned 32 - the out of form Anderson and Darren Fletcher - who is still battling against illness.
Ramsey would have slotted in perfectly next to Carrick and would have been the perfect partner to Nick Powell - who is likely to be a Manchester United regular in years to come.
It would have been extremely difficult to tempt Wenger into selling one of his key players to a rival - particularly after Robin van Persie - but the £27.5million Moyes spent on Fellaini would have surely sealed the Welshman's signature.
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