Manchester United were given a glimpse of the one that got away on Tuesday night as Bayern Munich’s teenage wing-back Alphonso Davies produced a brilliant display at Stamford Bridge to leave Chelsea on the brink of Champions League elimination.
The teenager was instrumental in Bayern’s 3-0 destruction of Frank Lampard’s side, earning many people’s vote as the man of the match and leaving the Blues facing a near-impossible task of reaching the quarter-finals ahead of the return leg at the Allianz Arena.
And while Lampard has issued his side a challenge ahead of the return, pundit Frank Sinclair described Davies as “absolutely sensational” and having “run the show” at Stamford Bridge.
Davies’ electrical pace down the left wing caused Chelsea no end of problems throughout and it has now emerged he could have played for United, with the Red Devils having offered the Canada international a three-week trial back in 2017.
That’s according to the Manchester Evening News, who claim Davies – who was 17 at the time – was very much on the radar of club chiefs and someone whom they saw as having a bright future in the game.
But instead of taking United up on their offer, the Daily Star claims Davies rejected the invite and instead opted to spend time with Canada’s Olympic team.
Davies had made his debut for Canada aged 16 in a friendly against Curacao, and is now a fully-fledged international with five goals from his 17 caps.
And his route into European football instead saw him sign for Bayern Munich for a fee of around €22million just last year – a then-record for the MLS – after making his breakthrough at Vancouver Whitecaps.
And while he had to wait until matchday nine of this season’s Bundesliga to make his senior debut for the club, Davies has not looked back. Having established himself as a regular, the player put in arguably his best display to date as Chelsea were taken to the cleaners.
And Bayern Munich midfielder Thomas Muller is certainly glad to call Davies one his teammates, revealing after the final whistle on Tuesday: “The lad is blessed with a rapid sprint, the sort we’ve not had at Bayern for a long time.
“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.”
Former United and Bayern midfielder Owen Hargreaves also praised Davies, saying: “What an athlete he is by the way, 19 years old.
“He’s a winger, he’s played as a full-back this season and he’s been absolutely outrageous. The pace of him and Gnabry down that left-hand side, they were scary.
“I think it was just a step too far for Chelsea. This is a very, very good Bayern team.”