Manchester United have had a real right-wing problem for years. Perhaps we’ve been without a world-class player in that position since Cristiano Ronaldo left a decade ago.
Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard and Angel di Maria have all tried. They all failed, many more did, too…
It could have been somewhat different, though, as today it has been revealed that Lucas Moura could have made the move to Old Trafford when he decided to leave Paris Saint-Germain in January 2018.
The Brazilian was feeling frustrated in the French capital and wanted to move away on a permanent basis. United did have a ‘conversation’ with Lucas, although it seems as though the Red Devils only wanted a loan move, while the 26-year-old preferred a permanent switch.
“There was a conversation with United but it was for a loan and I didn’t want a loan,” Lucas said in an interview with The Guardian.
“I thought that if I left PSG, I didn’t want to go back. When I came to Tottenham, and I saw the training ground and met the coach, I said that I wanted to come here.”
I think it’s fair to say that Lucas has been inconsistent since moving to White Hart Lane, but he has enjoyed some incredibly special moments. There’s no doubt about it that if he made the move to Manchester, he would have easily been our first-choice in that area of the field.
For me, the number one trait for a right-winger is pace. Moura has that in abundance but he also has the skill and talent to either pick out a teammate with an inch-perfect pass or take a pop at goal.
Perhaps if United had made a permanent offer to Moura, at that time, he probably would have chosen to become a Red Devil rather than moving down South.
It irks me all the more because the club should have given him the option to move here on a long-term deal, as when you stack him up against the rest of our right-wingers, the Spurs star comes out head and shoulders above everyone else…