Back n 2013, Manchester United missed out on signing Thiago Alcantara from Barcelona.
It was a decision which Spanish football pundit Guillem Balague recently laid directly at the blame of former boss David Moyes.
Now seven Bundesliga titles with Bayern Munich and two Champions Leagues later, Thiago could be on the move again, and United could have a second chance.
It’s 2020, and Thiago is still a class act. He’s still only 28 and could be available, with just one year remaining on his current deal.
Bayern were asking for £27 million for Thiago, The Guardian recently reported.
Liverpool have been linked and are undecided whether to pay him and offer the four-year contract he wants.
While they can be a bit more selective at present, United cannot and should not be. If there is a sniff of signing Thiago, Ed Woodward should be all over it.
In Bayern’s Champions League final win against PSG with Ander Herrera snapping at his heels, Thiago was a class act.
Thiago managed 95 touches, more than any midfielder on the pitch.
He created two goalscoring chances, won three tackles, and made two interceptions in a masterful performance which showcased what he is all about.
Where would he fit in?
Thiago is such a good footballer that this is one of the questions you really look at after he has signed and worry about it then.
He could either play instead of Nemanja Matic and offer United a more progressive approach from the defensive midfield position.
Another option is for Thiago to take Paul Pogba’s place in the side, giving the Frenchman an opportunity to battle Bruno Fernandes for an attacking role.
If you prefer Pogba and Matic in their current roles, there is no debating that Thiago is preferable to both Fred and Scott McTominay.
It’s a squad game and there are plenty of minutes to go around. Thiago would quickly make himself undroppable.
United left Matic out in the Europa League semi-final to go with Fred. We are pretty sure that if Thiago was in there, United win the game.
How likely is it?
Sadly we would rate United’s chances of landing Thiago this summer as about a 2/10.
Back in 2013, United looked like clear favourites to land him and still botched it. We don’t hold out too much hope this time around.
Bayern look likely to try and go the extra effort to keep Thiago after their Champions League win.
Liverpool, and other sides, may also step up their efforts to land the Spaniard.
At the price he is reportedly available for, Thiago would be the signing of the summer.
He is so good that even if he was the only player United signed this summer, you would still feel the team has got considerably stronger.
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