World Cup omission hands United chance to finally land €45m winger

Paris Saint-Germain winger Lucas Moura has missed out on a spot in Brazil's World Cup squad - which could be a boost to Manchester United.

Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari announced his squad for this summer's World Cup today, as he looks to win the tournament once again having tasted success with Brazil back in 2002, but the pressure is on this time in Brazil's home World Cup campaign.

The competition for places has been fierce throughout the season, but Scolari chose to go with Neymar, Hulk, Bernard, Jo and Fred in attack - meaning that was no place in the 23-man squad for Paris Saint-Germain star Lucas Moura, who had long been a feature of the Brazil squad.

Moura, 21, was a highly touted youngster whilst with Sao Paolo, and was the subject of interest from Europe's biggest clubs before eventually choosing to sign for Ligue 1 giants PSG in a whopping €45m deal, where he would team up with the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ezequiel Lavezzi in attack.

But whilst those two have been key parts of Laurent Blanc's side, Moura has been anything but, starting just 16 Ligue 1 games. In fact, Moura has made more appearances from the bench this season, playing a bit part role throughout the season - which ultimately led to his omission from Scolari's squad.

The blow of missing out on a home World Cup will be a tough one to take for the youngster, and one that could in fact change his future.

With first team football necessary at this stage in his career and chances at a premium in the French capital, Moura could well seek a move way from PSG this summer - which will be music to the ears of Manchester United, who had long been linked with a move for the Brazilian.

United have been lacking pace down the flanks and with Louis van Gaal seemingly set to take the reins at Old Trafford, Moura would fit perfectly in his system - and today's news could give them the chance to finally bring him to the club.

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