Lucas Moura discusses Manchester United snub

Manchester United looked favourites to sign Lucas Moura until the Brazil international spoke to Paris Saint-Germain boss Leonardo in the summer of 2012.

Lucas Moura has revealed to The Telegraph how a phone call with then-Paris Saint-Germain manager Leonardo persuaded him to choose the French giants over Manchester United.

The former Sao Paulo forward was widely expected to make a move to Old Trafford in the summer of 2012, with a report in the Daily Mail claiming Serie A outfit Inter Milan were also interested in the Brazilian teenager at the time.

However, it was the French champions who managed to lure the much sought-after attacker, whom eventually joined the club in January 2013 for a fee of €45 million.

He has gone on to become a consistent performer in the first-team, helping the Parisian’s claim three consecutive league titles alongside a host of other domestic cup triumphs.

The pacy winger, 23, has 33 Brazil caps to his name and has enjoyed his most prolific season to date this year, with 10 goals to his name in all competitions for Laurent Blanc’s troops.

Moura has now confessed he thought he would be joining Premier League side United until he received a call from then-PSG boss and compatriot Leonardo.

“It nearly happened but, at the last minute, Leonardo called me and spoke to me and my parents,” he told The Telegraph.

“It was a very difficult moment because suddenly I had to make a choice when I thought I was joining Manchester United.

“I thought about it a lot; I talked about it with my family and I made my choice.

“Football is like that. You have to choose a team.”

Moura and Co. will host Manchester United's neighbours City in the first-leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday.

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