Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed that midfielder Darren Fletcher's move to West Ham United has been called off over "miscommunication" regarding the agreement between the two clubs.
The United midfielder was set to complete a move to Upton Park on Saturday in search of regular playing time, but following the Red Devils' 3-1 win over Leicester City, the Dutchman revealed that the move is off as the east London club only want the Scottish international on-loan, where as the Old Trafford club were looking for a more permanent solution.
"I thought Darren was going to sign a contract, but at the end they look for a loan and that was not the agreement," Van Gaal said, as quoted on talkSPORT.
The manager is bemused regarding the agreement between the two clubs. Despite Fletcher being in London for a medical, it was not to be as the two clubs continue to sort out their differences regarding the deal.
"When you allow your player to go to London for the medical, there is no problem. At the end there is no agreement, it is strange."
"I don't know what is happening there but the agreement is different there. On Saturday it is off," the former Bayern Munich manager confirmed.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce also confirmed the same, after the Hammers' 2-0 loss to Liverpool and admitted that at the moment he is not sure if the deal will be completed before the end of the transfer window.
"Fletcher broke down on negotiations this morning. I really don't know [what will happen] at this moment in time," Allardyce added.
Van Gaal has made it clear that he has no problem keeping Fletcher at Old Trafford and is hoping that he can give him enough game time, the very reason United were prepared to let him join the Upton Park outfit.
"I think so. He is my third captain so it is not a problem for me [if he comes back]," Van Gaal remarked.
"Manchester United just want to help him play more. For him now that is a big pity. We want to help Fletcher. That is my only concern. I am very happy he is coming back," the Dutchman concluded.