VIDEO: Thiago Alcantara scoring stunner against Manchester United

Thiago Alcantara

How many Manchester United fans recall this long-range strike scored by transfer target Thiago Alcantara against them?

Wonderfully for Manchester United fans, one of the big names they have so far been linked with this summer is Thiago Alcantara of Barcelona.

The midfielder can be bought for as little as €18 million due to a clause in his contract as he did not play a stipulated number of games over the 2012/13 season.

But whether new manager David Moyes, not renowned for buying players from La Liga, will take the plunge is another matter.

If he needed convincing, perhaps some of the current squad will give him a nudge. They certainly will if they remember the goal he scored against them back in 2011.

It was a pre-season friendly held in America, just months after the Spaniards had demolished United 3-1 at Wembley in the Champions League Final.

United won 2-1 through goals from Dani Welbeck and Michael Owen, sandwiching a Thiago Alcantara stunner.

The Spaniard was coming off the back of an inspiring under-21s European Championships - playing a key part in helping Spain lift the trophy.

He buried a dazzling long-range effort which flew into the top corner of the net, leaving compatriot and under-21 teammate David de Gea stranded to the spot.

It's just a reminder as to what the 22-year-old is capable of, and that United's players should be well aware of his talents should he arrive this summer.

image: © castroquini2011

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