A former Manchester United scout has revealed how his repeated calls for the club to sign Alphonso Davies eventually went ignored.
Davies moved to Bayern Munich last January from Canadian side Vancouver Whitecaps and made six Bundesliga appearances in his first half-season in Germany.
This season, the 19-year-old’s eight assists in all competitions have seen him become one of Europe’s most exciting left-backs, with the Ghana-born star impressing against Chelsea in the Champions League last month.
Previous reports have indicated that United were interested in Davies and that the Canada international rejected a trial with the Red Devils back in 2017.
Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, former United scout Jorge Alvial has revealed further interest from the Red Devils, claiming that he spotted a 14-year-old Davies playing in the Dallas Cup and immediately recommended him to United.
Despite the Whitecaps’ asking price then resting at €2m, the scout explained that his repeated calls for United to make a move were ignored.
“Yes, [Davies] 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 what he had without a proper development and coaching I new that the kid would come to Manchester United or to any team, and he would just jump.”
Alvial went on to explain how he was left in no doubt that Davies would flourish at a big club in the near future.
“I sat down with him when I went to see him and I had a conversation with him,” he said.
“That is what I do when I scout, I had a conversation with him and you can tell the kid he was smart, he wanted to learn, he was witty at the same time.
“He wasn’t the typical kid who just wanted to be a superstar and wanted to make some money and buy a car. The things he was just saying. This kid he has everything.
“But, the things that he showed at that age I went ‘Wow. This is a superstar.’ Right away for two years I recommended him at Man United.
“Without a doubt in mind, and I wrote over 40 reports when I was at Man United. I would love to be back, it is a beautiful place. But, I had no doubts in my mind. No doubts.”
In other news, the speculation surrounding Jude Bellingham has increased after reports emerged that he was at United’s Carrington training complex on Monday.
Birmingham teenager Bellingham, 16, has lit up the Championship this season and has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent weeks.