Former Manchester United target scores wonder goal for PSG

Lucas Moura

To kick start his season at PSG, Lucas Moura danced past two Caen defenders to score a wonder-goal and spark a 2-0 victory.

Before he moved to Paris Saint-Germain, Brazilian Lucas Moura received a lot of interest from clubs all over Europe, including Manchester United. The Parisians showed their hand and spent €42 million on the winger back in 2012. Although he is still young there has been a lot of criticism thrown his way, casting a doubt on his future in the French capital. Last night against Caen, the 22-year-old scored an absolutely superb goal, one that could be the catalyst in launching his PSG career.

Last season opinions were torn over Lucas’ ability. He provided 11 assists during PSG’s title season but it was his consistency and ability to change a game that came into question.

Ultimately he missed out on a place in Felipe Scolari’s Brazil squad for the 2014 World Cup, but perhaps that has just inspired him into an upturn in form this season.

Without Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the lineup due to a heel injury, Lucas was brought into the starting lineup and he didn’t disappoint.

The game was still goalless after 18 minutes, PSG had started well, but they needed to up the ante. Step forward Lucas. He picked the ball up outside the box and danced past two Caen defenders, slipping the ball onto his left-foot before smashing his shot past Caen ‘keeper Remy Vercoutre.

Out with his wonderful goal, his overall performance was excellent. He always looked busy and eager to get on the ball. Even without Ibrahimovic, PSG looked like champions, perhaps for the first-time this season.

In the second half, PSG made it 2-0 through a header by central defender Marquinhos; it put the game beyond Caen and helped PSG to their first away win of the season. The three points climb Laurent Blanc’s side to second in Ligue 1 and takes the pressure off the French coach.

Next up for the Parisians is another away trip to Toulouse, with a clash with Barcelona in the Champions League to follow. PSG needed to improve quickly and Lucas’ goal could be the start of a wonderful season for both club and player.

If his form continues, but fails to guarantee a place in the first-team, it will be interested to see if a side like Manchester United think about a move this winter.

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