Speaking to the Mirror, legendary Liverpool forward Robbie Fowler said: "With the record signing of Darwin Nunez for Liverpool, what fascinates me is the presence of Manchester United amid the negotiations.
"I can guarantee the Anfield people would have been uneasy with that, as it has the potential to push up not only the price but the wages too. No agent worth his salt wouldn't use it to get a bigger contract, let's be clear.
"But Man United being there in the background highlights just why this could so easily be another masterstroke for Liverpool in the transfer market, and it's a point that is so often overlooked in the desperation to see new faces.
“I don't want to be cruel, but Man United could have written a book on how not to do transfers in recent seasons. Signing Cristiano Ronaldo because he could have gone to Manchester City? That just had disaster written all over it."
"And the same with Alexis Sanchez. No, not the same, 10 times worse. That deal highlights everything that has been wrong at Old Trafford. About 500 grand a week in wages, which I saw somewhere cost them about 20 million quid a goal."
Man United have been tracking Nunez for months with Liverpool swooping in to seemingly get the deal for the Benfica over the line in just a few days.
The Red Devils have already announced the departures of many first-team players but new manager Erik ten Hag is yet to make his first signing.