Did Manchester United get lucky with their top transfer target Kevin Strootman?

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Kevin Strootman won't play again this season, have Manchester United dodged a bullet?

Dutch midfielder Kevin Strootman has been ruled out for the rest of the season after injuring his knee, SkySports reported at the end of last week - so did Manchester United dodge a bullet?

The Red Devils had been continually linked with a move for the midfielder ever since Louis van Gaal took over, who managed him for the Netherlands.

ESPN had reported in December that United were hoping to offer upwards of £30 million for his signature, while Roma were believed to want closer to double the price.

Strootman has been recovering from a knee injury sustained in early 2014 which caused him to miss the World Cup, making his comeback in November, prior to his latest setback.

Had United been able to tempt Roma in early January, they would now be cursing their luck, having spent a considerable amount of money on a midfielder who would not have been available.

From a huge high of seeing their top target sign, fans would now be shell shocked at his injury setback.

Perhaps these concerns are why United did not push for his signature, combined with Roma's determination not to sell, issuing numerous hands off warnings.

What next for United and Strootman?

A report in The Mirror just last night suggested United still want to go back in for Strootman this summer, and his injury could work in their favour.

Having seen one and a half of the two seasons Strootman has spent at the club be written off by injuries, Roma will have to strongly consider any bid which comes in.

His problems will lower their expectations of him, and also cause them to drop their asking price. For Manchester United, from seemingly having no chance of signing him a few days ago, they may well consider that when the summer comes around, their prospects are better than had he gone onto hit peak form and sending his value soaring.

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