Comment and Analysis
The winger has admitted his former teammate told him his only "problem" at Old Trafford was with the coach but insists it did not influence his decision to choose Chelsea.
The defender's loan move to the Black Cats didn't go over well with American soccer fans, but it has the potential to put him on track to fulfill his considerable promise.
Madrid missed out on signing its No. 1 transfer target of the summer by mere minutes - but why did it take so long for both clubs to try and close out a deal?