United chief David Gill told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek show: “Owen was on record as being very interested in coming to us and we were clearly very interested in Owen.
“He is a player we have had on the list for quite a while, actually.
“Obviously Bayern were very keen – and are very keen – to keep him. We will have to see.
“If that situation does not change, then obviously we will not acquire Owen.
“But Bayern have indicated to me that they will let us know if the situation changes and at that point, we hopefully can consummate a deal.
“These things do not just happen on January 1, one has discussions around the year on these particular transactions.”