Dutch legendary manager, Louis Van Gaal, wanted to sign the likes of Sadio Mane and Riyaz Mahrez at Old Trafford.
Van Gaal’s ill fated time at the Red Devils came after the disastrous spell of David Moyes, who replaced the iconic Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013.
Assisted by Ryan Giggs, Van Gaal made enormous signings like Angel Di Maria, Rodamel Falcao, Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo.
But the former FC Barcelona mentor did not get all the players he desired.
"I wanted Robert Lewandowski, but when this proved difficult I tried to get Gonzalo Higuain instead," LVG told FourFourTwo, as shared by Goal.
"Before I had arrived, I also spoke with the board about Neymar. If you are at United, you have to think big. He was also interesting for the club in terms of selling shirts, and I wanted to have quick wingers. For that reason, I also tried to get Sadio Mane and Riyad Mahrez.
"Thomas Muller was on my wish list, too, and in central midfield I wanted N'Golo Kante. I even tried to sign James Milner, who was already quite old but very multi-functional and possessed leadership skills.
"For the defence, I wanted Sergio Ramos and Mats Hummels, because ours wasn’t the strongest in building from the back.
"Those were my top targets, but we couldn’t get any of them. I don’t know why, because as the manager I wasn’t involved in any negotiations. After I left, players like Mahrez and Kante ended up at Manchester City and Chelsea, while United couldn’t get them. I found that very odd,” Van Gaal concluded.
Meanwhile, United are focused on Europa League semi-final action, against AS Roma in the first leg in England on Thursday night.