United were heavily-linked with a loan move for the Barca winger though a deal never went through.
Though it has now been claimed that it wasn’t for lack of trying from both clubs with France Football reporting pre-filled documents were sent to both teams.
United and Barcelona are believed to have both signed paperwork though the deal fell through with Dembele reportedly deciding to stay at the Nou Camp.
The Red Devils were left scrambling on transfer deadline day with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer welcoming four new signings in the final hours.
United had been eager to sign a top-class winger though never strengthened that area in the end.
Though Solskjaer insisted during the summer he was happy with his squad, saying: “Of course, the performances last season didn’t warrant me giving too many of them more (opportunities) because I think the 11, 12, 13 players who played really well deserved to play more.
“And that means when you don’t play, you don’t get the fitness and sharpness to knock on the door and get in the team.
“I think it’s a different scenario now after two games already. I have seen many of the other players that didn’t play too much last season play really well.
“My wording during lockdown — 'exploit' — was a bad word by me. I didn’t mean it in that respect.
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“I meant there might be clubs out there and players who have to move because of the situation and that it might be interesting for us.
“At the moment, there’s not been those situations. We have lost loads of money, as other clubs have as well.”
Manchester United return to action tonight as they face PSG with the Champions League getting underway.