Bayern star’s comments suggest Manchester United missed a huge chance to sign him

Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara has told the press how he would have moved to anyone from Barcelona.

Speaking ahead of Spain’s international friendly clash with Italy, Thiago Alcantara told the Spanish press how he felt before moving to Bayern Munich.

The Spanish international was a reported target for Manchester United, however a deal to Old Trafford never happened and instead Thiago opted to join up with former coach Pep Guardiola in Munich.

It was a bitter blow for the Red Devils, as the 22-year-old had been sought upon as the answer to Manchester United’s renowned midfield problem.

Instead, last season's Premier League champions settled for Marouane Fellaini as their big summer transfer, a deal which has yet to work out for both parties.

Thaigo had always been a promising player at Barcelona, yet his performances this season has taken him to another level – a standard which could see him acquire a permanent spot in Spain’s starting XI this summer.

Looking back on his Barcelona career however, Thiago admits that he didn’t enjoy being on the bench, and rather being paid to be a bench player, he would have joined any other club.

He said: “I would have joined any other club before staying on the bench.”

Thiago began to list other motives for leaving the Nou Camp, explaining:

“If I had been given assurances, I would have stayed, but I felt that it was never going to happen. I don’t owe Barcelona anything. I am very grateful, but it came a time where I had to take the next step.”

“We are all footballers who ought to look after ourselves. It’s a profession I love, and I want to live playing it.”

Thiago's comments will come as another bitter pill to swallow for Manchester United, as they know that their huge problem could and should have been resolved a long time before the situation became desperate.

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