Further details have emerged regarding the unfortunate tale of Manchester United passing up the opportunity to sign Alphonso Davies before he moved to Bayern Munich.
The 19-year-old arrived at Bayern in January 2019 for an MLS record fee of around £18.8m including add-ons. He has since broken into the first team, making 21 Bundesliga appearances while staring at left-back this season.
His stunning performances must be hard to watch for United fans, as the defender could conceivably have been lining up for them this campaign. It was reported in February that Davies had a three week trial at the club cancelled at the last minute, and the Red Devils failed to get in contact with the Vancouver Whitecaps to rearrange.
It has now emerged that United were also repeatedly offered the player prior to him moving to Bayern, with one of the club’s former scouts telling the Manchester Evening News that he recommended Davies be signed on countless occasions.
Daniel Alvial claimed that he filed at least 40 reports on the player, but the club didn’t seize the opportunity to make a move for the talented youngster.
“It was my first player that I recommended to United when they hired me,” Alvial said.
“I had just got hired at that time and I called and said I wanted to go and see this player. So I went and right away, I am being honest, right away I recommended him.
“I feel very, very strongly about him. He is physical, intelligent. I felt strongly about him, if not stronger than I did when I recommended Christian Pulisic to Chelsea, and I took him for a trial at 14 years old.
“When I saw him play he was in the B team at Vancouver and the speed he had at 15, he was already going by guys that had been playing in the USA for a while. The things that he saw at that age I went ‘Wow. This is a superstar.’ Right away for two years I recommended him at Man United.”
Davies is now regarded as one of the best young players in the world – with his devastating turn of pace poised to terrorise Bundesliga and Champions League defences for many years to come.