Some Portuguese press sources even suggested it was a done deal earlier in the season but if David Moyes was watching the match last night, he may be on the phone to Old Trafford this morning telling them to get out of any deal.
Garay struggled to cope with the pace and movement of the Chelsea attack despite the fact it was his team that dominated the numbers with ten per cent more possession, more shots and more shots on target.
The best thing about his display was when he was forced to go off after picking up an injury, which is another reason he would now be a very bad investment for the club.
He just struggled from start to finish and maybe even looked a little complacent, due to the sort of domestic season Benfica have had.
Fitness would have also been a concern for Moyes if he was watching because Garay looked distinctly leggy throughout the match, even through the very early stages.
It’s too soon to be able to judge the extent of that injury but considering his calibre and the balance of the match at the time, it must have been a bad knock to force a substitution.
It was a surprising performance considering the defeat Benfica suffered at the hands of Porto last weekend, which was very similar in nature to this defeat by Chelsea.
Take nothing away from Chelsea because they played very well and used the pockets of space effectively which quite often left Garay isolated as he seemed out of sync with the rest of the Benfica back four.
This shouldn’t be seen as a setback by the club but more of a dodged bullet because there is a very clear case to suggest United don’t need to add a central defender to their squad this summer.
The experience in the back four is provided by Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, who is closing in on a contract extension to keep him with the side.
Add to that the mix of youth and energy provided by Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans and it becomes clear very quickly that United have more than enough defensive cover which Moyes can draw on.
The press reports which originated from Portugal earlier in the season, suggesting United had signed Garay appear to have always been based on nothing more than pure speculation.
It’s a deal which the club has never confirmed and one that Sir Alex Ferguson never said anything about in his role as the top man at Old Trafford and that’s a good thing.
United fans, would you take him this morning?
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