Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decided to pursue a move for Leicester centre-half Harry Maguire when Manchester United faced the Foxes in February.
United travelled to the King Power Stadium at the height of their powers under Solskjaer, securing a hard-fought 1-0 victory to maintain an eight-game unbeaten Premier League run.
Marcus Rashford scored in the ninth minute to seal the win, but Maguire made such an impression on the Norwegian that he would soon make him the most expensive defender in history.
“I’m delighted we have got Harry in because he’s going to be great for this club,” Solskjaer said.
“He was always my number-one target. Of course it took some time but it does occasionally.
“I more or less made my mind up when we played Leicester that if it was possible to get him we should get him or at least try to. He is so composed on the ball and gives the team another dimension.
“He has already shown what a presence he will be. He’s a leader, an established international, a goal threat and a very good defender – but also a very composed ball player.”