Bayern Munich’s Thaigo Alcantara and Javi Martinez celebrate winning the Bundesliga trophy.
On a night where Manchester United were thoroughly outclassed by their city-rivals Manchester City, losing 3-0 at Old Trafford, former transfer targets Thiago Alcantara and Javi Martinez were celebrating making history.
The Spanish duo have been key members of Pep Guardiola’s fabulous side, yet they could and probably should have been wearing Manchester United shirts last night.
Javi Martinez was a coveted midfielder whilst at Athletic Bilbao, and gave Manchester United a first-hand viewing of his excellence during the Basque side’s Europa League run to the final with a superb double win over then-manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s side.
Despite the midfield problems at United, they never forced a deal and Bayern Munich stole a march by activating his €40m release clause in the summer of 2012. Javi Martinez has since gone on to win trophy galore in Germany.
Following David Moyes’ arrival at Old Trafford, another Bayern star, Thaigo Alcantara, was at Barcelona and itching for a move away from the Nou Camp in order to find first-team football.
Manchester United were reported to be interested, but inexplicably no formal offer was ever put forward and he ended up joining former coach Pep Guardiola in Munich for €25m, roughly £7m less than Marouane Fellaini.
The Spanish international, however, recently admitted in an interview that he would have gone anywhere instead of remaining on the Barca bench, rubbing salt further in to the Manchester United wounds.
The duo clinched the Bundesliga title with a record seven games spare following a 3-1 victory over Hertha Berlin. As the two Spaniards revelled in making history, one can’t help but wonder just how much of a difference they could have made to David Moyes’ faltering Manchester United side.