Manchester United decided to back away from a move for Sunderland wonderkid Chris Rigg during the summer transfer window.

United have ended the summer transfer window with seven signings in all.

Andre Onana, Altay Bayindir, Jonny Evans, Sergio Reguilon, Sofyan Amrabat, Mason Mount and Rasmus Hojlund arrived at Old Trafford to bolster Erik ten Hag’s squad.

The window is now done and dusted, so United will be hoping to really kick on after a rather inauspicious start to the campaign.

There are still rumours emerging though, this time surrounding a potential transfer miss during the summer window.

Manchester United backed away from Chris Rigg

The Sun’s Alan Nixon now claims that United were trying to sign Sunderland talent Chris Rigg this summer.

However, it’s stated that United pulled back from a deal because Sunderland wanted around £3million.

United have spotted Rigg’s potential with the 16-year-old already playing first-team football for Sunderland.

Yet once a fee and wages were taken into account, United decided not to proceed with such a deal for a teenager.

The ongoing takeover fiasco meant United had to be very canny towards the end of the transfer window.

That meant a cheap deal for Bayindir, loans for Reguilon and Amrabat as well as signing Evans on a free transfer.

United seemingly felt that £3million on a 16-year-old just wasn’t sensible in that situation and subsequently backed away from Rigg.

Nixon adds that the decision on Rigg pushed United into signing youngster Shea Lacey to new terms, which came late in August.

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Who is Shea Lacey?

Rigg is certainly an exciting talent and he even got himself on the scoresheet in Sunderland’s 5-0 Championship win over Southampton on Saturday.

The hopes are high for Rigg but United clearly feel a similar way about Lacey.

Lacey is only 16 too and actually grew up supporting United despite being born in Liverpool and coming from a family of Liverpool fans.

Brother Patrick is also a footballer and has turned out for the likes of Chester, Accrington Stanley and Altrincham.

Lacey predominantly plays as a winger but can also play as an attacking midfielder if needed.

The teenager played 12 times in the Under-18 Premier League last season, notching three goals and two assists in the process.

Lacey faces a long journey to the first team but United seem to have real faith in him – even if Rigg could still be a target moving forward.

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