Man United missed chance to sign 19-year-old Bundesliga defender

Bayern Munich will feel their gamble is paying off, but they were far from the only suitors for Alphonso Davies. Red Devils widely scouted the 19-year-old after making his debut at the age of 15. Man United were keen on casting a closer eye over Alphonso and invited the attacker to Old Trafford for a three-week trial in winter2018.

However, Davies’ rapid rise prevented him from making the trial as he was called up to train with Canada’s Olympic team at the same time and was then denied permission by the Whitecaps to visit the north-west so soon before the MLS campaign started in March.

Red Devils may live to rue the unfortunate circumstances as Canada international’s value has soared this campaign on the back of his fantastic performances in Bundesliga. Premier League fans may not have known much about him before tonight, but they certainly do now after Bavarians 3-0 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The Canadian attacker made a move to Europe from Vancouver Whitecaps in 2018 for an MLS record fee of nearly £15m and was converted from a left-winger to a left-back by the Bavarians. He was given time to settle in Bayern, but he’s experienced a breakthrough season this campaign, playing 26 matches so far.

But he saved his best display in a redshirt for his biggest test yet as Bayern visited Stamford Bridge and Davies was on hand in the dying minutes to set-up Robert Lewandowski to score an all-important third goal when he beat two Chelsea footballers and zipped a precise ball across the box.