Manchester United stressed out Leighton Baines

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Manchester United's failed and much-criticised pursuit of Leighton Baines last summer left the Everton defender feeling stressed out. 

Baines was the subject of a very public chase by United and former boss David Moyes who had only just left the Toffees. 

A double swoop for the left-back and Marouane Fellaini ended with only the latter making the move to Old Trafford on the final day of a hectic and drawn-out summer transfer window.

The 29-year-old has since signed a new long-term deal at Goodison Park, and the sacking of Moyes means that the England man's chance of joining the reigning Premier League champions looks to have passed.

Despite the missed opportunity, Baines insists he has no regrets and never tried to force a move through.

Speaking for the first time about the speculation to the Daily Mail, he said: "I guess you never know if you’re doing the right thing or not but at the time, it’s not your decision as a player to make those calls.

"I wanted to be kept informed. I spoke to the manager privately on numerous occasions, I spoke with the chairman.

"It was a bit of a stressful time because you’re not sure what way it’s going to go. You just try to conduct yourself in the proper manner as much as you can. I had those conversations myself. I didn’t have someone in there for me feeding back.

"I spoke with the manager, the chairman and we had private conversations. They kept me in the loop all along. From this end you might get credit for turning someone down that you probably don’t deserve because you didn’t, I sat on the fence and saw how the thing played out.

"If I was playing for a foreign club I may have acted differently but I think there is a different level of respect. Maybe it was just how I was brought up."

Everton have gone-on to challenge for Champions League football with new boss Roberto Martinez while United have had a torrid time.

Moyes was sacked less than 10-months into a six-year contract with the Red Devils languishing in seventh place in their first season of Premier League football without legendary boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

His last game proved to be 2-0 loss at former club Everton in which, Baines, ironically and poignantly, opened the scoring from the penalty-spot.

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