Why did Manchester United not go in for Cesc Fabregas this summer, has been a common question as the Spaniard lights up the Premier League.
A Red Devils side short of a world class midfielder could sorely do with the Chelsea maestro, who has six assists in four Premier League games.
Yet according to the player himself, they did actually make their interest known, just not as convincingly as Chelsea.
He told The Sun: "Once Arsenal decided not to take up their buy-back option there were only three other teams - Chelsea and the two Manchester clubs.
"OK, Manchester United are not playing in the Champions League, but they will be there very soon. I knew they wanted me. the year before they made two offers but Barcelona did not want to sell.
"But after Jose Mourinho came to see me and talked to me face to face, there were no other options any more."
Fabregas is clearly happy at Chelsea, as he goes on to state in the interview. Yet United may want to wonder if they were a victim of their own bad timing.
While they expressed an interest in signing him in early June, new manager Louis van Gaal was preparing Holland for the World Cup, and could not get involved as personally as Mourinho so early.
Had it been different, fans may well wonder whether Cesc would be playing for Chelsea right now.