Reason Why David Moyes Rejected Thiago And Signed Fellaini In 2013

Bayern Munich's Thiago celebrates his goal against Schalke 04 with Franck Ribery (L).

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Manchester United under David Moyes could have signed Thiago Alcantara.

After Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, the drop from grace and fortunes that the Red Devils experienced simply knew no bounds. While no one seriously expected their prior glory to continue, the full-blown disaster that was David Moyes’ short tenure wasn’t expected either.
Since then, things didn’t go all too well for the Old Trafford outfit either, with the present reign of Ole Gunnar Solskjær the one with the most hope pinned on it.
However, things could have turned out different back then itself and that too with their very first transfer under Moyes.

As per ESPN, Manchester United could have signed Thiago Alcantara back in 2013. It is understood that Ferguson himself set up the deal for the then Barcelona midfielder and all that Moyes had to do was sanction it.

Instead, the gaffer decided to not go for the player, citing a lack of personal knowledge about the player’s “credentials.” The report claims that the former Everton boss instead looked to acquire Cesc Fabregas to no avail.

In the end, that intriguing window concluded with Marouane Fellaini making the switch. While the Belgian stayed at United longer than his former manager by quite a bit, he was often the poster boy for Moyes’ failures at the club and even his moments of redemption, later on, weren’t fully convincing.

Thiago, meanwhile, tastes incredible success at Bayern Munich, the strain of which remained active until the last campaign wherein he aided the side to Champions League glory. The trophy-laden career he has had does make one wonder just what he would have achieved at Old Trafford during the same period.

United are amongst the sides strongly linked with him once again now and it will be interesting to see how things may differ this time around.