This year’s longest running transfer saga in football took an unexpected turn this morning. It broke down apparently due to computer troubles and bad timekeeping, which would never have happened under Sir Alex Ferguson.

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Apparently, Manchester United and Real Madrid had agreed on a deal for the Spanish goalkeeper but the paperwork did not reach the Spanish league’s office on time. As the story developed, information was leaked that United did send the documents on time but the League could not open it.

Twitter and Reddit naturally blew up in reaction to this, with many discussing the inability of Manchester United to follow Ferguson’s famous timepiece and the apparent ineptitude of the Spanish sides in opening documents on their computers.

Here’s some picks of the best twitter reactions to one of the biggest IT failures in football history:

1) Paddypower reveals the real culprit behind the mishap

2) But everyone blames it on Windows 95

3) And Firefox…

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4) And Real Madrid reminds us to upgrade our Windows.

5) Of course, everyone shared the blame… especially Man United

6) And the Real Madrid staff just went mad

7) But after United’s Mega-sale this summer, perhaps it’s good that United failed to sell De Gea

8) And we are reminded that Fergie said “I wouldn’t sell them a virus”…

Well, in the end, it appears de Gea will not be leaving United this summer and the saga will continue. Tune in in January for the next installment of… Where’s de Gea now?

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