That’s the verdict of Daily Record and Sunday Times journalist Duncan Castles.
The Chelsea star is wanted at Old Trafford by Jose Mourinho – but the Blues are not willing to sell.
Mourinho has raided the Premier League champions for Nemanja Matic this summer, but Willian won’t be following suit.
That’s despite the United boss sounding out Brazil star Willian over a switch.
Castles explained on The Transfer Window podcast: “It’s comparable to Matic, he know exactly what he was getting, a guy who understood his tactical system and could play in different ways.
“He (Willian) was the ideal candidate because he can play right, behind, left, does the defensive as well as the attacking work”
“He (Willian) was the ideal candidate because he can play right, behind, left, does the defensive as well as the attacking work.”
Fellow podcast guest Ian McGarry added: “We know for a fact he tried very hard to get Willian from Chelsea.
“Chelsea refused to sell. Willian gave an interview in Brazil two weeks ago and said he has spoken to Mourinho about that move and he was tempted but was told by Chelsea that he wasn’t allowed to leave.”
Willian starred for Chelsea in their shock opening day 3-2 defeat to Burnley at Stamford Bridge.
He’s likely to start against on Sunday when the Blues head to Wembley to take on rivals Tottenham.