Former United star Louis Saha doesn’t think his old side could be wasting their time on De Jong in the event that they hadn’t received the precise signals.
“He isn’t in a small club, he’s at Barca,” he said.
“You’ve got to respect that and there is seemingly a family aspect as well. The salary situation has also been discussed within the media.
“We do not know all those answers but from what I heard people will not be comfortable about how it has been done, it is a difficult situation to guage.
“If he was at a smaller club, it might be more embarrassing, but since it’s Barca you may see why any player would need to stay, particularly a longtime one who has been there for a number of years and is comfortable.”
And he added: “The situation may change but I do not think it’s embarrassing, it’s just not nice because it has been dragged out and doesn’t help the manager’s plans. He wants a connection between these players.”
“None of us are sure about what’s been said, it is not like he dislikes United, he probably just likes it at Barcelona.
“I understand that the press has been talking, the entourage is talking, and it has turn out to be very messy.”