Manchester United could have signed Alphonso Davies for £2million in 2017 but missed their chance after delaying the transfer. Davies has gone on to become one of the most exciting prospects in European football for Bayern Munich, reflected in the 19-year-old’s performance at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.
Chelsea were unable to cope with Davies pace down the left flank in a 3-0 home loss, with Davies setting up Robert Lewandowski for the third goal.
The Canadian now looks the long-term successor to David Alaba at left-back but United could have been enjoying the fruits of Davies’ labour had they been more proactive a few years ago.
The club’s North America scouts identified Davies when he made his debut in Major League Soccer (MLS) for Vancouver Whitecaps, according to The Times.
Davies was just 15 years old at the time and was valued at around £2m by the Canadian outfit.
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United were reluctant to pay up immediately, though, and instead asked Davies if he could spend two weeks training at Carrington in January 2018.
The Whitecaps blocked United’s request as Davies was called up by Canada Under-23s during that spell.
United eventually made an offer of £7.7m but it was dismissed as Bayern pounced to sign the youngster for £9m.
Tuesday’s display against Chelsea showed Davies’ talent on the grandest stage of all, and he duly received praise from all around.
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Speaking after the match in west London, Bayern forward Thomas Muller lauded Davies.
“The lad is blessed with a rapid sprint, the sort we’ve not had at Bayern for a long time,” he said.
“The applause from the fans at full time was fully deserved.
“He’s learnt a lot tactically since he’s been here. It was a world-class performance.”
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And BT Sport pundit Owen Hargreaves was similarly impressed.
“What an athlete he is by the way, 19 years old,” said the former United and Manchester City star.
“He’s a winger, he’s played as a full-back this season and he’s been absolutely outrageous.”
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