The approach came a fortnight before the transfer deadline passed in England and United left it late to secure the services of Marouane Fellaini from Everton.
David Moyes turned to a man he knows well from his time spent in charge at Goodison Park after missing out on several other targets.
United were reported to be in for Athletic Bilbao's Ander Herrera, were said to have joined the chase for Mesut Ozil - who ended up at Arsenal - and failed with a big-money bid for Real Madrid's Sami Khedira.
Galatasaray have now revealed that the Red Devils also tried to lure Sneijder to England, with the Dutch playmaker having been regularly linked with a switch to Old Trafford for some years now.
The Turkish giants were, however, unwilling to discuss a deal, with it important for them to retain the services of key men.
Tulun told Milliyet: "Sneijder received an indirect offer from Manchester United two weeks ago but it was not accepted.
"There are several clubs that want him but just like we can't let go of Burak (Yilmaz), we also have to keep hold of Sneijder."
Lads let them say what they want, because when May comes around again they will be out crying with excuses again, the Refs helped us or the FA. They always say we buy the title now we only buy 1 player & we are in the decline, and because we had a bad start like that never happens with United, no I mean Fergie never started the season with a loss & still won the League oh wait you mean Everton beat us at the start of last season really I didn't know that. It just makes it even more sweater when we win the title again & Liverpool are left fighting it out with Swansea & Norwich for the top 10 spots, and Arsenal bottle it come January & left to struggle to 4th.- keano81