Tedious, futile, a farce. Call it what you will, the Wesley Sneijder will he/won't he transfer saga blighted the figurative horizon this summer, no matter what side of the shirt you stand upon.
To fans of the club's rivals it remained a question of ambition: How much better would the champions-elect be with the mercurial Dutchman amidst their ranks?
United fans the world over sat, anticipation etched on brows who have enjoyed their fair share of joy in an unparalleled period of success in the Premiership era.
Yet it was not to be. An agreement was not reached and Sneijder stayed in Milan.
From a cursory facade it would be logical to assume that by missing out on the signing of Sneijder, United have, to put it bluntly, missed a trick.
Yet to me, cursory glances and seemingly rational logic does the situation little justice. Here are five key reasons why United's failure to land Sneijder this summer could be a good thing for the club.
You never know, you might agree...