The Dutch midfielder was linked with a move to Toffees on the deadline day of the transfer window.
The Dutch midfielder endured a disappointing first season at Old Trafford after falling down the pecking order of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Having been deprived of game time, Everton tried to provide the former Ajax star with an escape route on a loan move.
Now, the Toffees sporting director Marcel Brands has opened up about the failed attempt while speaking to Dutch Broadcaster NOS via the Daily Mail.
The Blues chief said: “We had him on our list. At the beginning of the transfer window, we made an enquiry to United, then it was impossible.
“At the end of the window, I received a call from Guido Albers, his agent, that he might be loaned out after all. But at the last minute, it was cancelled. Stopped again.”
Brands also didn’t rule out the possibility of making another attempt in the winter transfer window.
When asked whether the Toffees would go for Van De Beek in January, Brands replied: “You always depend on whether a club wants to cooperate. And it is early October, so much can still happen with injuries. United are playing on various fronts, it’s hard to say now.”
Van de Beek appears not to be still in the plans of Solskjaer as he has made only one appearance in the Premier League this season.