In dramatic circumstances, Real Madrid missed out on Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea despite having agreed a deal with both the player and the club.
Reports suggest that Real Madrid failed to get the paperwork in on time and the highly rated Spanish keeper will now remain at Old Trafford until at least January.
Since the deal fell through, Manchester United have published news of two business ventures which are rather coincidental.
On Tuesday they announced a new club watch with their ‘timekeeping’ partner Bulova, hours after Real Madrid had missed out on the 24-year-old goalkeeper by a matter of minutes.
Then, on Wednesday, amidst reports that the Reds had sent the documentation in the wrong format, Manchester United announced a new global partnership with IT services company HCL Technologies.
See some tweets on what is either a fantastic trolling or a very funny coincidence below.
— Carlos (@car105cc6) September 2, 2015
Odd, given the De Gea saga, that Man Utd now have an official “watch” partner?! http://t.co/CTq5KtycvR
— Robin Chipperfield (@sportchippers) September 1, 2015
After this week’s Man United-Real Madrid computer issues … Man United unveiling global IT services company HCL as a new sponsor today — Rob Harris (@RobHarris) September 2, 2015
Hahhaha! The Madrid trolling does not stop. United launch a watch on the day the De Gea saga hinged on minutes. http://t.co/03CNDFIbjb
— Amrith (@amrith10) September 2, 2015
@MikeKeegan_DM “For when that file just won’t open…”
— Joe Harker (@MrJoeHarker) September 2, 2015
— Steve Bald Brady (@SteveBrady666) September 2, 2015