REVEALED: Manchester United missed out on signing Bayern Munich star Alphonso Davies as a 17-year-old after his three-week trial was called off in 2018 so he could go to an Olympic training camp with Canada
- Alphonso Davies caught the eye as Bayern Munich beat Chelsea on Tuesday
- The 19-year-old was due to spend three weeks on trial with Manchester United
- However, a call-up to Canada’s Olympic training camp scuppered those plans
- Davies joined Bayern Munich six months later in a deal worth up to £16.5million
- He has become a regular in the first team and already has eight assists this term
Manchester United missed out on Bayern Munich sensation Alphonso Davies after his trial with the club was cancelled in 2018.
The 19-year-old was one of the stars of Bayern’s 3-0 Champions League win over Chelsea on Tuesday night, catching the eye with a scintillating run before setting up Robert Lewandowski for the Bundesliga giants’ final goal.
But he may not have been lining up for the German club had a three-week spell with United not been called off a little over two years ago.
Alphonso Davies starred in Bayern Munich’s Champions League win over Chelsea on Tuesday
The former Vancouver Whitecaps star was set to go on trial with Manchester United in 2018
According to the Manchester Evening News, Davies was due to spend time at the club’s Carrington training base in January 2018.
United scouts had reportedly been keeping tabs on the talented teenager, who was already impressing in Major League Soccer with Vancouver Whitecaps after making his debut at just 15.
But despite being scheduled to fly to England, Davies missed out on the opportunity after being called up to Canada’s Olympic team camp.
Having earned his first cap for the senior side in 2017 at the age of 16, the wideman was included in a group of 21 Under-23 players who will be eligible for the Games in Tokyo later this year.
Davies (right) celebrates with Robert Lewandowski (left) and David Alaba against Chelsea
Davies travelled to Orlando, Florida, for the 10-day camp instead of linking up with United, who were then managed by Jose Mourinho.
The Red Devils were unable to organise a new trial prior to the start of the MLS season, with Bayern announcing him as their player just six months later.
The German giants paid an initial £9.84million, potentially rising to £16.5m, to sign Davies – a then record fee for a player from America’s top flight – and gave him a contract until the summer of 2023.
He linked up with Bayern after finishing the season with the Whitecaps in October 2018, and made six appearances before the end of the campaign, scoring once.
Chelsea defender Reece James attempts to stop a cross from Davies on Tuesday evening
He has developed into a regular under Hansi Flick this term, making 29 appearances in all competitions, scoring once and laying on eight assists.
After his superb display at Stamford Bridge, Bayern legend Thomas Muller picked him out for special praise.
‘The lad is blessed with a rapid sprint, the sort we’ve not had at Bayern for a long time,’ said Muller.
‘The applause from the fans at full time was fully deserved.
‘He’s learnt a lot tactically since he’s been here. It was a world-class performance.’
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