The Red Devils and their Stamford Bridge rivals were linked to the 26-year-old over the summer, but a move never materialised. Both sides had some hope of signing the former Tottenham man after the Bernabeu faithful turned on their player, even booing him during some matches.
“He is very happy at Real Madrid and hopefully he’ll stay for the rest of his career,” said the player’s representative, “He’s loving it there and things are going well for him.”
If either Premier League side were able to sign the forward it would have made the top flight title race very different. However, as it is, Manchester City are the team to catch, having won their first four games while scoring ten goals and conceding none.
Both Jose Mourinho’s and Louis van Gaal’s look especially like they could do with a world-class reinforcement. The Blues have lost to both City and Crystal Palace so far, while United have been defeated by Swansea City and drawn with Newcastle United. These shaky starts have put both sides’ attempts at the league title in doubt early on in the campaign.