Juventus must be pretty relieved right now they managed to hold onto Paulo Dybala.
It seemed too good to be true, and sadly it was.
United decided not to pay up for the wages and image rights Dybala and his representatives were demanding.
There was some merit to not paying up, and Dybala didn’t exactly seem desperate to move to United, but from a footballing perspective it looks like a missed opportunity.
Especially as we then sold Lukaku to Inter and signed nobody to replace him.
We can debate which formation and systems Dybala would look best in at United; the simple fact is he would have made this team better. And that’s before even factoring in all our injuries.
Last night Dybala proved to be a game changer as he inspired Juventus to a comeback victory over Lokomotiv Moscow in the Champions League.
He scored two late goals, including one spectacular long range effort, to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 win.
Turning it around
Dybala is proving himself to be an important player to Juventus after initially failing to win over Maurizio Sarri.
When we checked in on Dybala’s progress a month ago (Sept 17), Dybala had played just 14 minutes of first team football for Juventus. The prospect of returning for him in January seemed viable.
Over the past few weeks the 25-year-old has begun to play regularly, featuring in Juventus’ last five games.
He now has three goals to his name and two assists, with his other strike coming in a big game, a 2-1 win against Lukaku’s Inter.
Our chances of managing to lure Dybala away now, or convincing Juventus to sell, look to have totally disappeared.
His goals last night had United fans lamenting the missed opportunity to sign the Argentine, cursing our luck, and chief executive Ed Woodward.
United have scored just nine goals in the Premier League this season. Dybala’s performance last night showed us what we are missing.
Here is a look at how United fans reacted to Dybala’s two goals…
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- Signing Sandro Tonali would be a stylistic statement from Manchester United
- Can Marcus Rashford keep up his hot streak?
- There’s now a path for Levitt to break through at United, it might depend on Garner
- Could Marcos Rojo be the ideal centre back partner for Harry Maguire?