Manchester United's capture of Donny van de Beek last summer reportedly cost them the chance to sign Jack Grealish and Jadon Sancho last summer.
And they could now miss out on Grealish with rivals Manchester City said to be the favourites to sign the Aston Villa star.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side were linked with Grealish throughout last season, while they spent the summer transfer window embroiled in a fruitless pursuit of Borussia Dortmund star Sancho.
They did sign Van de Beek from Ajax for £40million – but the midfielder has since made just two Premier League starts.
And their swoop for the Dutch ace meant they couldn't shell out for Grealish or Sancho after misjudging their transfer budget.
That's according to a report from the Daily Mail, which says United believed they would still have enough in the kitty to bid for either Grealish or Sancho.
The publication claims the financial impact of the pandemic meant the Red Devils were then forced to readjust their sights – resulting in them missing out on their top targets.
Grealish has continued to star for Villa this season with seven goals and 12 assists before being sidelined by injury recently, while Sancho has 12 strikes and 16 assists for Dortmund.
Meanwhile, Van de Beek is not happy with his lack of playing time at Manchester United – but an imminent return to Ajax is not on the cards as he battles for the favour of his manager.
Ronald de Boer, the brother of Netherlands boss Frank, has now given an update on the playmaker after speaking to his agent Sjaak Swart, as well as their former club Ajax.
“I spoke to Ajax and they said there's no truth in it at all. He didn't ask to speak to them,” Ronald De Boer told talkSPORT on Wednesday.
“He's just focusing on his recovery on his ankle, and it's not true that he asked Man Utd to leave.
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“His agent also told me that of course he's not happy that he's not playing. He’s only had two starts under Solskjaer and that’s not what he hoped for when he joined Man United.
“But he’s not panicking at all, he told his agent he’s so happy at Man United because the club is one of the best in terms of how they treat him, he feels loved.”
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