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The two January midfield signings Manchester United appear set to pass up on

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Ever Banega and Fredy Guarin were both available until today, and both would've been decent short-term transfers for Manchester United. Instead, both look like they'll stay at their current clubs or move tp lesser outfits. What went wrong?

Angel Martinez

It looks like Manchester United are about to let two decent midfielders go begging in Ever Banega and Fredy Guarin.

Guarin earlier took to Twitter to lash out at Inter Milan for trying to sell him, although it's doubtful that United would have had any problems getting his signature. Ever Banega, meanwhile, has seemingly been intent on leaving his club all window, but it looks like in the absence of more serious suitors, he's headed back to Argentina to Newell's Old Boys.

True, neither are perfect or world-class. But there's no doubt they would've vastly improved United's midfield, with both being fairly versatile players in terms of position who wouldn't get in the way of any higher-class incomings in summer.

Combined with the fact we also missed out on Yohan Cabaye, it's hard to know what the source of all the suggestions that Mata would not be the only one in the door this window were. Everybody seemed convinced, but nothing materialised. Is it possible that one of our longer-term transfer targets has fallen through? Arturo Vidal or Ilkay Gundogan perhaps?

In a sense, we should applaud David Moyes for only wanting top-tier talent at the club, but there was a chance to give ourselves a much better opportunity to get the best we can out of this season which is now even making the signing of Juan Mata look like a disappointment. For the club to fail to buy a midfielder in yet another window is simply incredible whichever way you look at it.