Burnley have been swatted away in their attempts to land Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba, on loan.
The Turfmoor club were looking to add some youth quality to their ranks after a stop-start beginning to the season which finds them sitting in 20th place.
Manager Eddie Howe is short on attacking options and was hopeful of adding some depth to his squad.
Sir Alex Ferguson rejected the bid, saying: “It’s more difficult to loan a boy of 18 who’s come from France. We prefer to keep him with us until we find he’s mature enough to possibly go on loan.”
Burnley may have a hope next campaign however, with the Scot adding: “Maybe next year that could be an option, but we’re definitely expecting him this season to stay with Manchester United.”