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Manchester United target 'left too soon'... says Pele

Lucas Moura has been having a mixed time of it in France since snubbing Manchester United for PSG.

Manchester United nearly spent £30 million on Brazilian whizkid Lucas Moura in summer 2012, only to be outbid by Paris St Germain.

After a positive start in Ligue 1 he has found it a little tougher, and has started just five of 10 games for PSG this season.

It led to him being left out of the Brazil squad this week by Phil Scolari, amid much furore in his homeland.

He attempted to answer his critics by scoring just three minutes into PSG's Friday night win over Lorient, but hasn't silenced one man.

The footballer widely regarded as the best to ever play the game, and the best Brazilian, Pele, has had his say - and thinks the move to PSG was the wrong move, or certainly at the wrong time.

He said: "(Lucas) left Brazil too early to go  play in Europe. Lucas (is) a very fast offensive player, offensive, this is not a technical player like Neymar, so I think he should have waited to have more experience."

It does not help him now, and this is of course bearing in mind he left to play at PSG six months after Manchester United wanted him, with the French side agreeing to let him remain in his homeland a little longer as part of the deal.

The winger is a talented player, but Pele clearly believes that a move to Manchester United would have suited him no better - and the intense demands which would have come with his huge fee at the Red Devils would have been just as high if not higher in the Premier League.

It's early, but PSG could have done United a favour in the short-term.

Would Lucas have fared better at United? What do you think?

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