Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale were the top targets for Manchester United as they prepared to mark the arrival of David Moyes with a breathtaking summer transfer window spending spree, it has been claimed.
According to Manchester Evening News, the Premier League champions outlined the acquisition of Ronaldo or Bale as a top priority, but proved fruitless in their attempts to clinch a deal for either player.
Manchester United were reported to have offered a world record £120 million for Bale in the hope of bringing the Tottenham player to Old Trafford, but the Wales international was not interested in moving anywhere other than Real Madrid.
Los Blancos completed a record-breaking deal of their own for Bale, but paid less than Manchester United were willing to spend - with manager Carlo Ancelotti previously revealing there was a more lucrative offer on the table from another club.
The specifics of a Manchester United approach for Ronaldo, meanwhile, remain unclear however, although the player had often made public his desire to stay with Real Madrid beyond the terms of his contract.
Real Madrid were eventually able to tie Ronaldo down to an improved long-term deal just over a week ago, with the Portugal captain now the top earning player in world football.