Manchester United boss David Moyes was shocked to find out the club's scouts had failed to secure deals for Alvaro Negredo and Jesus Navas over the summer - and watched on as two of his top targets joined Manchester City instead.
According to the Daily Mail, the United boss was "dismayed" to see Negredo and Navas join his closest rivals after taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson.
The former-Everton boss tried to bring Negredo to Goodison Park, and was reportedly lining up a summer move for the Spain international having taken the reigns at Old Trafford.
Moyes has endured a difficult first half of the Premier League season in his maiden Manchester United campaign.
The reigning Premier League champions currently find themselves down in seventh position, five points behind Liverpool in fourth place - the last Champions League qualifying spot.
And while striker is not a position of obvious need for United considering they have Javier Hernandez, Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck, injuries have bitten hard.
Rooney and van Persie have been sidelined in recent weeks, a period that has coincided with a disastrous run of form - especially at home.
And even worse for Moyes, Negredo has been banging in the goals for City, including most recently a hat-trick against West Ham in the Capital One Cup.