£42m Manchester United target 'waste of money' says pundit, 80% fans agree

Lucas Moura

Former Manchester United target Lucas Moura faces a real doubt over his World Cup chances.

A year into Lucas Moura's spell with Paris Saint-Germain, the Brazilian faces the biggest test of his short career to date.

The attacker has three goals and eight assists this season, achieved despite being in and out of the side as the French champions balance their riches.

Crucially however he has been left out of the Brazil World Cup squad in recent months, back in the Autumn and ahead of their upcoming friendlies later this year, with Willian of Chelsea preferred.

Lucas was touted as Brazil's next biggest star 18 months ago, with Manchester United battling to sign him as confirmed by Sir Alex Ferguson, before being blown out of the water by PSG.

He's had a good start to the year, providing four assists in the last seven games, yet in Brazil there is increasing spotlight on him due to his recent omission, with one popular outlet claiming he was overrated all along.

Marcus Alves of ESPN Brasil stated: "The problem with Lucas was huge expectation generated by the amount of the transfer. In Brazil, no one understood how the Sao Paulo had managed to sell so expensive.

"Even in Sao Paulo, it (his talent) was not unanimous! He was often been criticized by the coach Emerson Leao. He will not be the heir to Ronaldinho in Paris. He will never have the level of Neymar for example. He has not got the talent for it.

Alves then contradicts himself with the following: "I think he can succeed at PSG. But we must give him time and do not criticize too much because it went through a complicated period."

Don't criticise him... too late for that one. As he went onto point out, the short-term injury to Edinson Cavani will give give a chance to start on the right in the upcoming Champions League game with Bayer Leverkusen, and start showing his class on the big stage.

French fans are far from convinced however. A poll in French newspaper L'Equipe, which ran the quotes from Alves, asked readers if Lucas Moura was money well spent.

The result showed 80 per cent felt the £42 million spent on him was too much. 

How he would have coped with the burden of expectation had he signed at Old Trafford, is certainly cause to wonder that United should not shed too many tears at missing out at the price they did.

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