How Giggs vetoed United's bid for £22m midfield star

Thiago Alcantara

In a shock story, it was today revealed that Manchester United legend and now assistant manager Ryan Giggs vetoed a move for Thiago Alcantara.

Last summer, United were forced to replace manager Sir Alex Ferguson after the great Scot announced his retirement, and in came Everton boss David Moyes. With a number of areas of the team needing improvements, Moyes was linked with a number of transfer targets and none more so than then-Barcelona midfielder Thiago.

The young Spaniard hadn't played enough minutes during the season to activate a large release clause, and instead could've been had for just £22 million - a relative bargain given how much Barcelona would've asked for if they had the chance. United had long been seeking midfield reinforcements, and with Thiago a good friend of United stopper David de Gea, it seemed only logical that United would be the team to take him away from the Camp Nou.

Weeks passed with sources continually saying that the deal was close, but the longer the negotiations went on, the more worried United fans became that they would miss out on their top target. In the end, that's exactly what happened as the Spanish international followed his former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola to Bayern Munich, leaving United to look at other targets.

Much has been made over the past year of United's inability to close the deal with Thiago, but revelations today have seemingly made the picture clearer. With the midfielder close to becoming a United player, Moyes consulted his coaching staff over the deal and Giggs - now assistant manager under new boss Louis van Gaal - reportedly told Moyes that the midfielder wasn't right for the Red Devils, according to the Express

There are then claims that United instantly called off the deal after Giggs' comments, and Moyes was left to scramble and sign Marouane Fellaini on deadline day for a whopping £27.5m. That transfer has been a total disaster and with Thiago impressing in Germany, you have to wonder whether Giggs made a terrible mistake.

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