So now, it’s official much to United fan’s agony. Thiago Alcantara has chosen Bayern Munich over Manchester United, keeping United devotees in a profound despair.
Besides being agonized by the news, what they can hope for is a concrete substitute of this Spanish sensation. Here are some of the alternatives that David Moyes can look for when he scours the market in search of an apt replacement.
This 21-years old Argentine midfielder currently plays for River Plate. Although he has represented Argentina in U-17 and U-20 format, still few football lovers have heard of him. But he is being described in Argentina as a cross between Xavi Hernandez and Javier Mascherano. Ezequiel Cirigliano can split the opposition open with a cross field pass one minute, and then split an opponent in half the next with a crunching tackle in the other. It can be a gamble for United keeping in mind his lack of International and European experience. But because of his age and a relatively low price tag, it can be a gamble worth taking.
A Chile representative, this Juventus midfielder has drawn attraction of many football facile in recent times. Classy and composed on the ball, Vidal can, with ease, pass or dribble the opposition into submission and has a stinging shot from distance. But it will be tough for the United manager to captivate this target as Juventus have no plan to sell him. But a robust bid can turn the game on and next season we may see this impact player to be a part of the Old Trafford squad.
Another 25-year old Argentine, currently playing in La Liga side Valencia CF, Banega is a perfect mixture of Latin American skill with a European blend. He is one midfielder who deserves to be playing in Europe’s premier competition and has proved that with his performance week in week out. Banega is starting to die down a place in Alejandro Sabella’s hugely competitive Argentina squad, due to his broad range of passing and excellent shot. It will be relatively easy for United officials to lure him, as Valencia failed to qualify for the Champions League this season.