The Red Devils were routinely linked with the Colombia international but a deal was never done for a player they will now need to contain on Saturday
On Saturday, Manchester United visit Everton knowing that if they are to avoid a third straight defeat, then keeping James Rodriguez quiet will be key.

The Colombia playmaker has made a superb start to life at Goodison Park, scoring three goals and assisting three more in his first six Premier League appearances for Carlo Ancelotti’s side.

He now prepares to face a United team who even this past summer were being linked with a move for the 29-year-old, who was desperate to bring an end to his disappointing spell at Real Madrid.

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