The loss of Paul Pogba remains a blot on Manchester Unitd's recent transfer business, whichever way you look at it.
The whole of Europe is subsequently on alert, especially after his two-goal show against Sunderland, and Juventus are one of many clubs taking an interest.
Talking about the possibity today, Juventus general manager Giuseppe Marotta taunted United.
"They fear another Pogba case?
"They are right, but frankly I do not understand how they can come to having just months left on the player's contract with no sign of renewing."
He is right in that after the loss of Pogba, United should never have found themselves in this position again.
That same year the Red Devils saw two other starlets leave, Ravel Morrison and Zeki Fryers. The club accelerated the Morrison sale because the contract situation was placing a burden on his relationship with the club, and Fergie wanted to avoid him signing with City on a free.
Had he been on an extended contract already, there may still have been time to work on turning the youngster's attitude around.
Sir Alex Ferguson was busy praising Januzaj' exploits at the end of last season, and his performances with the under-21s meant there was no secret.
More mistakes among the club's hierarchy not to sort out his contract are clearly making United look silly around Europe, and these such situations should be avoided at all costs.
After the embarassing summer at United in the transfer market, it seems the board just don't have their finger on the pulse, and Juventus' Marotta is right to express his bemusement and try to take advantage of their mistake.
Can United hold onto Januzaj? What do you think of the club finding themselves in this position again?
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