Reports in the media over the beginning of this weekend had aggressively reported that United could move for the £65m-rated Netherlands international this summer.
However, Sky Sports have gone on and reported that United have withdrawn the interest they held in De Ligt, with many among the Old Trafford hierarchy believing the 19-year-old is set to join Barcelona.
De Ligt had been one of the top performers for Ajax this season as he helped his side to reach the UEFA Champions League semi-final.
Manchester United have ruled out a move for Ajax defender Matthijs De Ligt, according to Sky sources.— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) May 26, 2019
He has been a first team regular at Ajax for three years now and captained the club to a league and cup double this campaign, all at the age of 19.
Meanwhile, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu confirmed that the Spanish club is looking at selling some players in order to buy new talent from the transfer market.
He said, "Every year new players come in. So far we have confirmed De Jong's signing and now we will work on bringing in others and moving players on, as is normal every summer. Now is not the moment to do anything. There are always new signings, but now is not the moment to talk about it."
United, meanwhile have now lost out on landing two of their top defensive targets this season with Napoli refusing to sell Kalidou Koulibaly and United themselves moving back from a deal to sign De Ligt.
Understandably, United fans on social media were not impressed. Here's how they reacted:
Its silly season. The amount of players that get linked with clubs its stupid— Adrian howard (@Adrianhoward21) May 26, 2019
Ruined my day cheers lads— Ben 🏴 (@BenRoseMUFC) May 26, 2019
Just using them for a better barca contract— René (@Reneafca16) May 26, 2019
Now that's what I call a tweet I've seen 96 times— Jack🔰 (@jacktaylor152) May 26, 2019
United fans actually thought they were signing him hahahahaha— Will (@willreyner) May 26, 2019
Think he actually ruled united out. Stop lying lmao— BREZZIDENT 💎 (@OlaTheOG) May 26, 2019
I think we knew tbh— The Managers Suit 👔🔰 (@TheManagersSuit) May 26, 2019
Of course they have. They can’t attract a player of that calibre with the state that club is in !! It’s f**cked from top to bottom. Why have a burger when you can have steak 😂— Christian Boyle (@chrisaboyle77) May 26, 2019
Lads, you don’t offer him an irresistible amount to drive him away from barca, only to rule him out— Ryan (@Ryan13i) May 26, 2019
So United are finally starting to learn that his knobhead of an agent is using them to get Barca to improve the contract!— FredMUFC (@FrederickMUFC) May 26, 2019
The team is greater than the individual. Great individuals make great teams. pic.twitter.com/mkIJNL3Evj— Carl Anthony (@carlanthonyza) May 26, 2019