Quincy Promes confirms Manchester United interest

by Ben Topliss

Spartak Moscow midfielder Quincy Promes has confirmed Manchester United were interested in signing him before he left FC Twente last summer but that a firm offer did not materialise.

Promes’ has racked up three assists and seven goals since joining Spartak in a £9.5m deal.

The winger may have helped Louis van Gaal implement a 4-3-3 formation sooner in the campaign as he didn’t seem to trust Adnan Januzaj or Angel di Maria to occupy the flanks early on in his reign.

Ultimately, Man United didn’t decide to act on their interest. The player himself said he would have been hesitant to move to such a big club even if they had made a move as a transfer may have hampered his development.

When asked if United were interested in him, Promes said: ”I can confirm that. But a concrete proposal did not exist.”

“Frankly, I felt at that moment not ready to make the transfer to Manchester. Who could guarantee me that I would not be constantly overlooked at United.”

It seems like Promes’ instincts were right, with Adnan Januzaj, Radamel Falcao, Juan Mata and Ander Herrera all spending time on the substitute’s bench this term.

Even Di Maria, United’s club-record signing, has found himself frozen out by van Gaal. The Dutchman is a very demanding manager and it would have been very difficult for Promes to get himself into the starting XI.

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