The Daily Telegraph adds that United was only willing to sign a world-class defender, such as Varane, but refused to bring in a "lesser" player, despite the demands of boss Jose Mourinho. They report that Mourinho has told insiders "Any other club and I would have quit", while Woodward has insisted to some that "Jose hasn't helped himself".
In the previous three seasons, Leicester have managed to just grab one point from their visits to the Old Trafford out of a possible 9.
"The players with a proper pre-season are fit and they are strong". You try to make a case and there is no case on it.
"That's one of the worries when you're signing players".
For the first time the EPL deadline has been moved forward to the day before the season kicks off when United hosts Leicester City today.
United supporters have watched on in despair as fierce rivals Liverpool have splashed the cash on a number of high-quality acquisitions, defending champions Man City now have Riyad Mahrez in their ranks, while Chelsea have been busy since replacing Antonio Conte with Maurizio Sarri.
There were rumors of him returning to Juventus and joining Cristiano Ronaldo in Italy, but the biggest suitor has been Barcelona, who is looking to bolster its midfield despite bringing in Arturo Vidal, Arthur and Malcolm this summer.
Rick Gates says he and Manafort disguised foreign income as loans
Gates, who is 46 and married, admitted: "There was a period in my life, about 10 years ago, when I had a relationship, yes". Prosecutors also say the men falsified documents to lie to banks in order to qualify Manafort for loans.
Ed Woodward and Daniel Levy spoke once during the summer when the Tottenham chairman asked about the availability of Anthony Martial and Juan Mata - enquiries that were both rejected.
It is said United's conclusion was that Mourinho had chosen players no better than those he already has, yet could easily have cost £70m or more in a badly warped transfer market.
"I have my players and I like my players, I like to work with my players", said Mourinho. "If it is not possible, we will continue fighting, working and believing in those we have".
"We have to prepare for this season with good possibilities".
Leicester have never won a Premier League game played on a Friday before, drawing two and losing three.
"And I think United should be big enough, three or four months into the season, if we are seeing the same things as previous year, just get rid of him". If it's not going well, though, I don't want to hear the moaning and groaning and I am sure the United fans don't want to hear it as well.