£21m ex-Manchester United target sets two Bundesliga records in one game

Thiago Alcantara

Manchester United linked Thiago Alcantara had a game to remember in the Bundesliga.

After being linked to Manchester United all summer long, Thiago Alcantara disappointed fans of the Red Devils by linking back up with manager Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich.

His time there did not get off to the most auspicious of starts, injured and unavailable for selection until November.

But he is now really proving his worth, instrumental in the Bayern side as they extend their lead at the top of the Bundesliga table.

In midweek he scored a spectacular bicycle kick winner in the 90th minute to see off Stuttgart, and on Sunday against Eintracht Frankfurt he put in another memorable display.

During the 5-0 win, Thiago managed to set two Bundesliga records:

- He touched the ball a staggering 185 times in one game, averaging over two touches a minute.

- Thiago completed 159 passes, 93% of his total attempts.

His all round display also saw him record three successful tackles and four interceptions, as Bayern's dominance saw them record 73 per cent of possession in the crushing win.

There were goals from Mario Gotze, Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, Dante, and Mario Mandzukic, but it is increasingly Thiago who is becoming the star centre-piece of Pep Guardiola's vision, and it's little wonder he pushed so hard to get him.

As Manchester United reel from a defeat to Stoke City which exposed their weakness in central midfield once again, 15 points off league leaders Arsenal, they can only wonder what might have been.

image: © castroquini2011

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