BRUNO FERNANDES' wayward passing was behind Manchester United's refusal to make a move, according to reports.
The Sporting Lisbon midfielder was heavily linked with a big-money Premier League switch as Old Trafford and Tottenham chiefs mulled over a bid.
But the Daily Mail claims United scouts warned that Fernandes, 24, gives the ball away too often to be used in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's system.
He managed a lowly 75.1 per cent pass completion ratio last season – some way behind Paul Pogba's 82.8 per cent success rate.
Fernandes showed off the skills which saw interest in his signature with an unbelievable piece of skill on Sunday.
The playmaker put the ball one side of a Maritimo defender and then sprinted past him on the other side as his side drew with Sporting.