Forget Manchester United, Lucas Evangelista's career is going strong

Lucas Evangelista who was wanted by Manchester United has been speaking about his first professional season in Brazil.

Bruno Gomes was not the only Brazilian superkid Manchester United had their eye on. 

Earlier in 2013 there was talk of three Desportivo Brasil prospects joining the Red Devils on their pre-season tour, Gomes, Wellington Bueno, and Lucas Evangelista.

The change in management seemingly put paid to those plans, and now all three have signed deals elsewhere, striker Gomes most recently with Internacional.

Lucas Evangelista signed a deal with Sao Paulo late in the summer, where he has made solid progress with the first team.

The 18-year-old is a versatile attacker, playing this season as a number 10, a striker, a left-winger, central midfielder and even a left-back in one game.

He has made 19 appearances since signing, eight of them starts, with the season coming to a close earlier this month, the club finishing ninth in the Brasileirao.

At Sao Paulo he is following in the footsteps of another Lucas, Lucas Moura who Manchester United tried to sign in 2012.

Speaking about his debut season he told the club's website: "In the beginning, as soon as I went there, it was a big shock. The treatment of the players is different, but over time I've been adapting to the style of play. Unfortunately we have not had a good year, but it was personally productive."

Evangelista scored on just his second ever start at the club, one which remains his only for Sao Paulo to date, but it was a special one.

"Before that game, Paul Autuori (manager) gave me confidence. We talked a lot and he said that, in football, you have no such age or name. I just had to go in there and play. I was able to make the goal and I'm sure more will come in 2014."

He may not have made it to Manchester United, but Lucas Evangelista sounds perfectly happy with how he is getting on in his homeland. It may just be the Red Devils which come to regret missing out more.

Check out his spectacular goal below:


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