A former Manchester United scout has revealed how the club passed on the chance to sign Chelsea star Christian Pulisic as a youngster.
Manchester United have a bit of a reputation for making terrible mistakes in transfers. Some signings were so poor, that rival fans still fondly recall them today.
We’ve seen the likes of Kleberson, Memphis Depay, Bebe and more all come to Old Trafford and fail in the past.
But the club’s decision to not sign Christian Pulisic when he was still at Borussia Dortmund may come back to haunt them, with the American flying high at Chelsea.
Pulisic has done a stellar job in his debut campaign in London, contributing nine goals and four assists in 25 Premier League games.
This encouraging first season of English football has already justified the €64m Chelsea paid Dortmund to sign him last year. In fact, many have tipped him for a bright future at the highest level.
But things could have turned very differently had United listened to scout Jorge Alvial’s advice and signed the 21-year-old when he was still on Dortmund’s books.
The Chilean, who worked as United’s head international scout for two-and-a-half years, always knew Pulisic had ‘tremendous potential’.
Alvial told the Manchester Evening News: “When I first got hired one of the people that I recommended right away was Pulisic because I knew him and his background.
“I knew how well he was developing in Dortmund and he was just going to keep coming up, and become a superstar because he was doing very well.”
“I have always believed in him, we always have kept close contact with his father, and I called him to say I was recommending him to Manchester United.”
“So it was many times that I did recommend him, but at the same time because I was only doing North America, it wasn’t my region because he was playing in Germany.”
“We all had a list of targets and I had him first along with Alphonso Davies.”
“Highly, highly recommended for them to sign him, and I know also the German scout was very into him, he really liked him too.”
“It wasn’t a case of ‘look at this kid’, it was ‘sign this kid’.”
“When I recommend a player usually it is an example of a player that I feel has tremendous potential.”
“For Pulisic I jumped many levels that we are supposed to do and I went directly to the head scout and said: ‘Listen, this player is extraordinary we need to see him right away and we need to make a decision right away because if we don’t someone else is going to see him, and is going to beat us,’ which has also happened with Alphonso.”