The scorn the Man united hierarchy faced for missing out on Pedro doubled when local rivals Manchester City nabbed Nicolas Otamendi from under their noses.
Nonetheless, despite the former Barcelona star enjoying a massive reputation in world football, it is largely owed to the wild success the Blaugrana have obtained over the last ten years than an ode to the Spaniards own talents.
That is not to say the Catalan's success has come in spite of Pedro; in fact the forward has contributed majorly. In 2009 he became the only player in history to score in six different club competitions in the same year. The 28-year-old also has a knack of scoring in finals, netting in the 2009 Spanish Super Copa vs Atletico Bilbao; the 2009 UEFA Super Cup vs Shakhtar Donetsk; the 2011 Champions League Final vs Manchester United (as pictured); the 2012 Copa Del Rey Final vs Athletic Bilbao and very recently against Sevilla in the 2015 UEFA Super Cup Final - his last goal for the La Liga giants.
Since becoming a regular seven years ago under Pep Guardiola, Pedro has only scored over ten La Liga goals three times (doing this twice in 2010 and 2011). Since 2011 he has only scored over ten goals once, falling under this figure three times - including last season where he netted just six times.
The inconsistency in Pedro's game is largely attributed to a lack of variety in his game. Despite making his name as a winger, the Spanish international is strangely limited when it comes to skills.
As you would expect with someone who graduated from La Masia, Pedro is neat and tidy in possession but lacks the panache ex-Barca players Samuel Eto'o, Thierry Henry, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, David Villa and Alexis Sanchez had. A combination of age, lack of suitability and injuries affected the aforementioned from having a long-term stay with Barcelona but it is no surprise once Neymar and Luis Suarez settled, they would lock out the front three with Lionel Messi and essentially kick Pedro out the club.
However, United have several attacking midfielders who are adept in running in-behind and finishing (Memphis Depay and Juan Mata). What the Red Devil's needed was a dynamic playmaker to complete the attacking three behind Wayne Rooney. They currently have this in Ashley Young but despite his best efforts, he is not of the required quality Man United need.
No doubt it is annoying to lose out on a player you have coveted for a long time, especially against a domestic rival, but Pedro would have not given United anything new.