So after all the huffing and puffing Jesse Lingard has been trapped at Man Utd until his contract expires in the Summer.
While a move to West Ham could be viewed as giving ammunition to the Red Devils immediate opposition, the decision of the board to also block a move to Newcastle looks mean spirited to say the least.
For any developing talent considering a move to Old Trafford, the Lingard saga will surely dampen enthusiasm for a move and it certainly puts any issue of trust in serious question.
All of which will likely come home to roost in the Summer when Man Utd come looking for Declan Rice again. The Hammers will surely give them the cold shoulder while the player himself will have seen what loyalty means around the Manchester club.
Why on earth would a developing talent give up captaincy and a major say in how the club develops for the ruthless commodification that Man Utd have shown?
What goes around comes around as they say!