Lucas Evangelista was on trial at United in March 2012. This week he received a call-up to the Brazilian under-21 side for the first time.
Manchester United have a productive relationship with the Brazilian football club Desportivo Brasil - and in the past have had several of the country’s top talents over from the club to undergo trial periods or simply to play a different style of football.
In March 2012 United took three of those players on trial - as they had stood out among the talented bunch at Desportivo as those most likely to be a success on the continent.
The trio consisted of Aguilar, Bruno Gomes and Lucas Evangelista.
Aguilar has since moved on to Sao Paulo and not made much of an impact while free-scoring Bruno Gomes was snapped up by Internacional in December.
The other player however is looking like the one they will regret missing the most in the future.
Evangelista has gone on to become a first-team player at Sao Paulo since making his debut in June of 2013 - and even has an early goal to his name, bagging a strike against Portuguesa in August.
The 18-year-old’s rapid rise will likely stick in the throat of United - who introduced him to the players, showed him around the ground and greeted him with such hospitality during his time training with the club.
And that rise has now had another spike - as Evangelista has received his first ever Brazilian call-up at any age group. The 18-year-old will be playing with team-mates up to four years older than himself in the Brazilian under-21 squad when they take on Mexico, albeit a long way away in June.
He joins the likes of former Liverpool and Chelsea targets Matheus Biteco and Mosquito respectively in the squad - but the fact it is his first call-up for Brazil at any level is interesting considering his promise.
But not many players get picked up whilst playing for Desportivo - despite the clubs definite and obvious talent pool they are still just a ‘shop window’ team and are in the lower leagues of Brazilian football.
But Lucas Evangelista is now ready to take the first step toward a potential international career with Selecao.
And he will be eager to show United what they are missing out on.
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