There are many famous stories about players who could have ended up at a different club but for a sudden twist of fate - and the current Manchester United squad could have looked very different had they been a little more decisive in the transfer market over the past decade.
This list features five household names who all could have become Manchester United players, perhaps even legends, had things worked out differently.
Whether it was better for the players in question or Manchester United as a club that the deals didn’t work out is down to personal opinion - but the stories behind the near misses make for fascinating reading in any case.
Should United have gone the extra mile to sign any of these five players - or was it for the best that things didn’t pan out?
Tell us in the comments section below!