Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has spoken for the first time about the club’s failure to sign Cesc Fabregas in the summer.
The Premier League champions went public with their pursuit of the Barcelona midfielder during the off-season.
But the board member has insisted that that approach was down to the Blaugrana, not the Old Trafford side.
"With Fábregas that was an approach specific to the selling club," he told the fanzine United We Stand. "They have an ownership structure that means there has to be debate before a player is sold.
"It was disappointing that we didn't sign more players, but I always knew it was going to be a tough window.
“We had a manager leaving and a manager arriving on 1 July. As a club, we didn't want to impose a plan on the new manager that had come from the old manager.”