'I would have picked myself' - €45m United target speaks out on World Cup snub

Lucas Moura of Paris Saint-Germain clearly feels he should play at this summer's World Cup.

In the summer of 2012 Manchester United were heavily linked with Sao Paulo wonderkid Lucas Moura. In the end Manchester United failed to bring him in - with French financial powerhouse Paris Saint-Germain splashing out a whopping €45 million to get their man.

It was a deal that simply perplexed Sir Alex Ferguson - who stated:

"I find it quite amazing that a club can pay €45 million for a 19-year-old boy. To make a mark on everyone - to tell everyone that PSG are here - they've signed Thiago Silva from Milan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. They must have spent about €150 million in the last month. As you know, the only deterrent to that is UEFA. When somebody's paying €45 million for a 19-year-old boy you have to say the game's gone mad."

However his time at Paris has been frustrating. He officially joined up with the club in January 2013 - and went on to play a part in the end of season festivities at PSG.

But his first full season at the club has seen him struggle for regular football - and as a result he lost out on a place in the Brazil squad for the upcoming World Cup.

Now he is being linked with a move away from the club - with United again being mentioned while ambitious Liverpool are also said to be keen.

But Moura, who is on standby for the World Cup, has now spoken out about his omission. It is fair to say he is not best pleased with the decision of Luiz Felipe Scolari:

"Those who watched the end of the league season in France saw my progress, the way my play has developed. They saw that I have grown. Even if I was on the bench, I am among the players who played the most. I also scored goals. If I were the coach, I would have picked myself [for the Brazil squad]."

Moura is not the only high profile absentee from the squad. Philippe Coutinho, Ronaldinho and Kaka did not make the cut either along with many other big names.

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