Manchester United fans may have hoped for one final deal to go through on Friday, but the only news was in the 10 departures - on loan or permanent.
David Moyes looked calm and collected as he conducted his pre-match press conference ahead of this afternoon’s match against Stoke City.
Of the Sky Sports News reporter camped outside the club’s gates, the Manchester United manager said there would be no point in him staying as his business had long since been concluded.
And he was right, in the sense that there were to be no last-minute arrivals at Old Trafford and no repeat of the summer maelstrom that saw Marouane Fellaini finally complete his move, before the name of Fabio Coentrao seemingly came from nowhere only to disappear almost as quickly.
But that is not to say United have not been busy in recent days; just perhaps not in the way their fans would have hoped.
While they will be extremely happy with the club-record signing of Juan Mata, most would have been keeping their fingers crossed that a quality central midfielder snuck into Old Trafford in the dead of night, those teasing long-distance camera shots while a reporter eagerly revealed a late twist.
But instead United kept themselves busy with departures, and there have been a lot of them – 10 in total, most temporary but all important in the development of the players involved.
Fabio bid farewell permanently, completing his move to Cardiff City, while Wilfried Zaha joined him on loan for the rest of the season hoping, no doubt, to prove he is worthy of a place at United and an outside bet for Brazil 2014.
Following Jesse Lingard’s outstanding spell at St Andrews, Birmingham City took three more United youngsters on loan – Federico Macheda, Tom Thorpe, Tyler Blackett.
Will Keane headed to Queens Park Rangers, Tom Lawrence to Yeovil and Sam Johnstone to Doncaster Rovers; while Carlisle took Sam Byrne and Charni Ekangamene.
And there were two more permanent deals, with Ryan Tunnicliffe and Larnell Cole reuniting with Rene Meulensteen at Fulham.
So United did have a busy few days after all…and the players involved will be hoping to either begin a new chapter of their careers elsewhere or prove to Moyes that they will soon be worthy of a place in his first-team squad.
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