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Davies to Man United ALMOST happened under Mourinho

Alphonso Davies (Getty Images)
Alphonso Davies (Getty Images)

Alphonso Davies was a top target for Jose Mourinho at Manchester United before his switch to Bayern Munich.

Davies moved to Bayern from Vancouver Whitecaps in January 2019 for £9 million with the full-back enjoying an impressive first full season at the Allianz.

The Canada international has been so good that Bayern have already signed him up to a new five-year contract and has now turned into one of the most exciting defensive prospects in world football.

And now Davies’ former coach at Edmonton Strikers, Nick Huoseh, has revealed that Mourinho wanted to sign the 19-year-old during his stint at Man United.

"When Jose Mourinho was there, he really wanted him, but it never happened," Huoseh told Sky Sports.

"They waited and waited, and at the end, I don’t think they had the same vision and belief as Munich."

Huoseh added: "I met with one or two other clubs but speaking with the Bayern guys and seeing their plan I thought it was the best place for Alphonso.

"Honestly, I was being offered things that guys might jump on, but Bayern had a small squad, Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben were retiring, and it was just a good fit.

"One of the English clubs, I asked about their plan for Alphonso, and they said they might put him with the second team or send him on loan because they weren’t sure if he would get a work permit.

"But with Bayern, it wasn't just a phone call. It was a PowerPoint presentation, put together by (chief scout) Marco Neppe and (sporting director) Hasan Salihamidzic.

"They showed his position on the field, where he was going to play, they showed how they had 19 players in their squad, play 50 something games a year, play a lot of matches a year and the average player plays 80% of the matches."

- TEAMtalk media

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