Over the past couple of years, if there is one deal that Manchester United may regret letting slip, it would be missing out on Brazilian winger Lucas Moura. Now, the 22-year-old is finally looking like becoming a superstar at Paris Saint-Germain this season.
Without both Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, there was a chance that PSG would have struggled to find a way past Girondins de Bordeaux on Saturday afternoon. In their absence, it was Lucas that stepped up to the plate. The Brazilian scored two penalties and helped the Parisians to a 3-0 victory.
The biggest criticism towards Lucas last season was his lack of a clinical edge in front of goal. He finished the season with five goals in 36 appearances. This season, with the two penalties he scored against Bordeaux on Saturday, he has equalled his tally for last season and now has more league goals than €64 million striker Cavani.
Lucas may not have registered an assist yet this season, but he is playing more minutes per game, and when talking to BeIN Sport after the game this weekend he made it clear that he wants to write his own history at the French club.
"Living in Paris is a dream for me. Playing with such great players & for fans like PSG's, I want to create my history at this club."
"Ancelotti is a great coach. I learned a lot from him. He guided me tactically & loved playing a wide style with me on the right."
"I am always looking to improve. This season, I am more confident. I am not positioned only on one side like I was under Ancelotti."
Lucas has been given more freedom this season, especially with both Ibrahimovic and Cavani missing a number of games through injury and suspension. In recent weeks, Lucas has been allowed to come off the touchline and find space all over the pitch, and the results have been impressive.
Against Barcelona and Caen, Lucas made a huge difference while playing on the right and the centre, he even scored coming off the left against Bastia and Monaco. The Brazilian has been given the green light and he is finding space all over the front-line and has become one of PSG’s most important players this season.
The more games he plays, the more he is allowed to play in this new free role, it is only going to benefit both PSG and Lucas.
As long as Angel Di Maria continues to play well, Manchester United fans might not take any notice, but as Lucas continues to grow into a world class player, he will always be deemed as “the one that got away”.