Manchester United decided to sign Borussia Dortmund's Shinji Kagawa over Eden Hazard, according to the Daily Express.
The Red Devils were in the race to sign the then Lille playmaker Eden Hazard in 2012 but pulled out of the running to sign Kagawa.
However Hazard has proven his worth over the course of the past two seasons as the Belgium international has scored and created goals for fun.
The attacking midfielder is Chelsea's top goalscorer so far this season - having scored 10 goals for the Blues since Jose Mourinho arrived back in west London.
Hazard's impressive form has led Mourinho to label the 23-year-old as the 'best young player in the world'.
Kagawa on the other hand has failed to live up to expectations.
The Japanese star was in fine form for Dortmund before sealing a move to Old Trafford - but he has been unable to replicate the level of performances he was putting in during his time in the Bundesliga.