Manchester United have signed some of the best football players in the world before, but they’ve also been guilty of missing out on some of the legends of tomorrow.
But it’s been a while since the Red Devils had one of the most talented players in the world on their wage bill, as Edinson Cavani is arguably past his peak, although Bruno Fernandes may have a claim to being the latest truly world-class star to ply his trade at Old Trafford.
However, if United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward had been brave enough to pull the trigger a couple of years ago, they could have had one of the best full-backs in the world right now.
That’s right folks, the Red Devils missed out on signing Alphonso Davies because they took too long before he joined Bayern Munich. I know, we can’t believe it either.
According to The Times, United missed the chance to sign the Canada international for a cut-price deal.
It’s believed that his former club Vancouver Whitecaps would’ve accepted around £2m for the left-back, which would’ve been mind-blowing, especially when you consider the fact that they had signed Luke Shaw from Southampton for £27m in 2014. But they sold him to Bayern Munich in the end instead for a £14m deal, which again looks like an absolute steal.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but if Woodward had played his cards right, the Red Devils could’ve had an absolute beast on their hands.
Davies is arguably one of the best full-backs in the world at just the age of 20, he won the Bundesliga and Champions League with Hans Dieter-Flick’s side last season, whilst he averaged 2.4 tackles, 1.1 interceptions and 1.2 clearances per game in the title-winning campaign, via WhoScored.
By comparison, Shaw could only manage 1.4 tackles per game in the Premier League last term, as per WhoScored. There’s levels to this game, that’s for sure.
Anyone who’s watched the Ghanaian-born Canadian’s highlight reel will know how good he is, but if this isn’t enough to persuade you otherwise, maybe we should bring in the experts instead. His clubmate Joshua Kimmich, who was named Germany’s Player of the Year in 2017, recently described him as an “unbelievable” talent after he kept Barcelona legend Lionel Messi in his back pocket in the 5-2 Champions League triumph last season. This isn’t just your Average Joe, this is one of the best players in the world who is in awe of the young Canadian.
United missed the chance to sign Davies after stalling over the transfer, and now just a year later the fee they could’ve paid to prise him away from the Whitecaps looks like a no-brainer bargain as he’s now valued at up to €200m (£175m) by Football Observatory.