Cesc Fabregas has sealed his transfer to Chelsea, threatening to transform the shape of the Premier League title race in 2014/15 in the process.
His former club Arsenal removed themselves from the race, with the two Manchester clubs' interest only lukewarm.
United did make a major play to sign the Barcelona midfielder last summer, reportedly offering £40 million which was rejected.
One soon-to-be-former Manchester United star, is disappointed that the Spanish international did not make a move to Old Trafford this summer.
Fabregas is a Great signing for Chelsea....will score & create goals in the role vacated by Lampard....would have liked him at @ManUtd me!— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) June 12, 2014
Ferdinand's future is as yet unclear next season, but it remains strongly rumoured he will be playing in the Premier League.
One thing is certain and that is that he will not relish coming up against Chelsea's attack in 2014/15, and trying to work out just where and when Fabregas may pop up in the box to score.