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How a measly £10million could have prevented Man United’s Old Trafford humiliation

The Brazilian was on the verge of moving to Old Trafford in 2012

So many regrets.

Lucas Moura was the difference in Spurs’ impressive victory against Man United at Old Trafford.

The follicly-challenged Brazilian showed just how clinical he can be, netting twice with his only two shots on target in the game.

Like a new signing, ey Spurs fans! Am I right?!

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Like a new signing, ey Spurs fans! Am I right?!

It could however have all been a different story for United.

Moura is a player who Jose Mourinho might have had at his disposal for the clash with Spurs.

Lurking

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Cast your minds back to 2012. A time when we all thought the world was about to end as Gangnam style played on a loop in everyone’s head.

It was also the summer in which United were in hot-pursuit of a fresh-faced Moura.

He had a bit of hair on him back then

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He had a bit of hair on him back then

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Playing for Sao Paulo at the time, Moura was on the radar of a host of Europe’s top clubs,

As he was in England preparing for the 2012 Olympic games in London, United thought they had the edge over their rivals and could get the deal done.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s side had all but agreed a £35million fee for the Brazilian and the signing looked to be in the bag.

If only he could have brought Neymar with him too

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If only he could have brought Neymar with him too

At the eleventh hour however, money-bags PSG swooped in and gazumped United with a £45million bid for the 19-year-old.

Sir Alex blasted PSG’s bid at the time, saying, “I find it quite amazing that a club can pay that much for a 19-year-old boy.”

The former United boss went into greater detail in his autobiography about the transfer tug-of-war, declaring that PSG went to ‘levels that David (Gill) and I weren’t prepared to go to.’

He ran out of Fergie time to get the deal done

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He ran out of Fergie time to get the deal done

Had the former Red Devill’s boss gone the extra mile for the player however, he could well have been lining up for United against Spurs.

Instead, Moura is now banging in goals against them.

Awkward.

EAAAGGGLEEEEE!

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EAAAGGGLEEEEE!

The misery is compounded further for United when you realise that there seems to be a Premier League wide conspiracy against them.

None other than Arsenal manager Unai Emery was the man who sold Moura to Spurs in January during his time with PSG.

Everyone just wants to see United fail.

This will inevitably come back to bite Arsenal though

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This will inevitably come back to bite Arsenal though

You have the utmost respect for Sir Alex’s morals about not wanting to overspend on a teenager. Fair play.

That is however until you realise he signed Anderson for £30million four years earlier.

He also spent £16million on Phil Jones…


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