The 30-year-old was linked with a move to Old Trafford but instead remained with his hometown club. Roma currently sit second in Serie A while United languish in seventh in the Premier League. And De Rossi believes his decision to stay in the Italian capital has been vindicated. ‘It was a good thing that I didn’t go to Manchester, now I would have committed suicide,’ he told Corriere dello Sport. ‘Last summer I didn’t feel comfortable, I didn’t recognise myself in the relationship with my teammates and with the fans.’ Put into context, it appears De Rossi’s words were intended as a celebration of his love for Roma rather than a slight on United. The Italy international was a product of the youth ranks at the Stadio Olimpico and has appeared 431 times for the Giallorossi. United boss David Moyes eventually switched his sights to Marouane Fellaini and the Belgian midfielder joined from Everton for £27.5m on deadline day.