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Man United says Real Madrid's 'clumsiness' in transfer dealing at fault for De Gea collapse

  • Spain's goalkeeper David de Gea grabs a ball during a training session with the Spanish national team in Las Rozas on the outskirts of Madrid, Spain, Wednesday Sept. 2, 2015. In a surreal ending to the transfer window in Spain, the much-anticipated move of Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea to Real Madrid never materialized. The clubs had struck a deal that would see Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas move the other way, but it broke down because the necessary paperwork wasn't submitted on time. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

    Spain's goalkeeper David de Gea grabs a ball during a training session with the Spanish national team in Las Rozas on the outskirts of Madrid, Spain, Wednesday Sept. 2, 2015. In a surreal ending to the transfer window in Spain, the much-anticipated move of Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea to Real Madrid never materialized. The clubs had struck a deal that would see Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas move the other way, but it broke down because the necessary paperwork wasn't submitted on time. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)  (The Associated Press)

  • Spain's goalkeeper David de Gea reacts during a training session with the Spanish national team in Las Rozas on the outskirts of Madrid, Spain, Wednesday Sept. 2, 2015. In a surreal ending to the transfer window in Spain, the much-anticipated move of Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea to Real Madrid never materialized. The clubs had struck a deal that would see Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas move the other way, but it broke down because the necessary paperwork wasn't submitted on time. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

    Spain's goalkeeper David de Gea reacts during a training session with the Spanish national team in Las Rozas on the outskirts of Madrid, Spain, Wednesday Sept. 2, 2015. In a surreal ending to the transfer window in Spain, the much-anticipated move of Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea to Real Madrid never materialized. The clubs had struck a deal that would see Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas move the other way, but it broke down because the necessary paperwork wasn't submitted on time. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)  (The Associated Press)

  • Manchester United's goalkeeper David De Gea of Spain arrives at Soccer City training facility for a Spanish soccer team concentration meeting in Las Rozas, near Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. The day after De Gea's multi-million euro move to the Spanish capital was called off, Madrid pointed the finger at United, issuing a lengthy 10-point statement claiming officials at Old Trafford held the deal up with their delays, but United hit back at their old rivals by publishing a counter-statement on Tuesday evening. (AP Photo)

    Manchester United's goalkeeper David De Gea of Spain arrives at Soccer City training facility for a Spanish soccer team concentration meeting in Las Rozas, near Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. The day after De Gea's multi-million euro move to the Spanish capital was called off, Madrid pointed the finger at United, issuing a lengthy 10-point statement claiming officials at Old Trafford held the deal up with their delays, but United hit back at their old rivals by publishing a counter-statement on Tuesday evening. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

Manchester United says Real Madrid is trying to deflect attention from its own "clumsiness" by blaming the English club for the collapse of David de Gea's transfer.

De Gea failed to secure his desired move to Madrid before Monday's transfer deadline because the paperwork for the goalkeeper was not submitted in time.

Madrid said United's executives lacked experience in transfers and blamed them for the deal stalling. But United said in a statement to The Associated Press that the English Football Association will "back our case that documents were in on time."

United says Madrid seems "intent to move the focus away from their own clumsiness this summer."