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Manchester United Missed Out On Two Super Talents After Ignoring Scout Recommendations

Manchester United Missed Out On Two Super Talents After Ignoring Scout Recommendations

Manchester United missed out on signing Christian Pulisic and Alphonso Davies after ignoring glowing scouting reports.

Pulisic was plying his trade at Borussia Dortmund before completing a transfer to Premier League rivals Chelsea, where he's excelled post-restart.

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The budding American superstar showed off his potential by weighing in with goals and assists as the Blue secured a Champions League place.

However, the 21-year-old could have transferred to United if the Reds had secured his services when former club scout Jorge Alvial recommended him.

"When I first got hired one of the people that I recommended right away was Pulisic because I knew him and his background," he told MEN.

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"I knew how well he was developing in Dortmund and he was just going to keep coming up, and become a superstar because he was doing very well.

"I have always believed in him, we always have kept close contact with his father, and I called him to say I was recommending him to Manchester United.

"So, it was many times that I did recommend him, but at the same time because I was only doing North America, it wasn't my region because he was playing in Germany."

Pulisic went onto pen a deal at Stamford Bridge in a transfer worth £54 million.

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United also had the chance to snap up Canadian phenom Davies, who's performing heroics for Bayern Munich following a £17 million move from Vancouver Whitecaps.

Alvial added: "We all had a list and I had him first along with [Bayern Munich's] Alphonso [Davies].

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"I highly, highly recommended for them to sign him, and I know also the German scout was very into him, he really liked him too. It wasn't a case of 'look at this kid,' it was 'sign this kid.'

"When I recommend a player usually it is an example of a player that I feel has tremendous potential."

Topics: Football News, Chelsea, Football, Manchester United, ​Alphonso Davies, Premier League, Bayern Munich, Christian Pulisic

Nasir Jabbar

Nasir Jabbar is a journalist at SPORTbible. He graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA in Media Communications. He's a combat sport aficionado, and has contributed to MMA websites AddictedMMA and CagePotato. Nasir has covered some of the biggest fights, while interviewing the likes of Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping and Anthony Joshua. He's also an avid Bristol City fan.

 

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