The Premier League champions were rumoured to be plotting a late swoop for the winger.
David Moyes remained tight lipped amid reports that Manchester United had made a whopping £125 million bid for Gareth Bale.
The Welshman left Tottenham to join Real Madrid for a world record £85m last month following a transfer saga that stretched across the entire summer, but reports in France now claim United submitted an offer.
French newspaper L’Equipe suggest that the Premier League champions were the unnamed ‘second party’ that approached Spurs chairman Daniel Levy with the £125m offer for the PFA Player of the Year that was rejected.
Their report said: “According to our sources, the identity of the club who attempted to sign the 24-year-old midfielder is none other than Manchester United, who made an offer close to €150million.”
And Moyes refused to deny the speculation when questioned after watching United beat Crystal Palace 2-0 at Old Trafford.
“I wouldn’t confirm anything, the window has now closed,” he told the Mirror. “I have said many times we are always bidding for the best players.”
United missed out on signing Ander Herrera, Fabio Coentrao and Leighton Baines during the transfer window and paid over the odds to sign Marouane Fellaini for £27.5m from Everton on deadline day.