David Moyes has missed out on his top Manchester United target, Thiago Alcantara. Or did he?
While the midfielder has sealed his switch to Bayern Munich, it has been suggested that United's new manager was not wholly convinced on the young talent.
The claims come courtesy of Spanish journalist Guillem Balague, who tweeted earlier today that Moyes had big concerns over Thiago's suitability to the Premier League.
If true, then it explains just why United were always going to be second best to Bayern Munich in this transfer pursuit.
For Pep Guardiola, the man who convinced him aboard to Bayern, had 100 per cent belief in him, handing him his debut at Barcelona and publicly stating his admiration for the 22-year-old.
It can't have been a hard decision for Thiago in the end; a Champions League winning coach who believed in him, versus a manager with it all to prove at the top level who had reservations over pushing for him.
It should be reminded Balague earlier this summer pushed the 'United after Falcao' story, so fans may want to take his comments with a hint of caution, but if true - well, you tell us how you feel about it...
United were willing to pay clause 4 Thiago. But Pep believed in Thiago. Moyes not so much (will his football work in PL? Moyes wasnt sure)— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) July 14, 2013
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