Bournemouth striker Josh King had “faith” that a January transfer window move to Manchester United would happen before it collapsed on deadline day.
United failed to agree terms with the Cherries on a deal for Norway international King, before recruiting ex-Watford hitman Odion Ighalo on loan from Shanghai Shenhua.
Oslo-born King came through United’s academy before joining Bournemouth in 2015 following two years at Blackburn.
“I had some faith that it was going to happen. And it was a bit sensitive for me considering that I moved to England as a 16-year-old to achieve my dream and wanted to reach that goal at Manchester United.
“It did not [happen] and then I made a choice and left. When you hear that you are connected to United and a bid comes in, then the feelings you had as a 16-year-old come back to you.
“But why it did not happen, I do not know.”
He added: “I’m a Bournemouth player and I really enjoy it here.
“But it had been a dream come true, I will not lie. But that didn’t happen and I’m going to give everything to Bournemouth as long as I’m in this club.
“The coach [Eddie Howe] was absolutely fantastic with me during those days and was very helpful with me. I have respect for how he behaved with me during the little episode.
“So I just have to keep working hard to try to help the club out of the situation we’re in now.”