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Davies is probably glad that he never went to Manchester.

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Manchester United ignored 40 reports from scout about Alphonso Davies (MEN)

Former scout Jorge Alvial must be a brilliant scout with abysmally bad communication skills. He spotted Alphonso Davies at the age of 14 at the Dallas Cup and tried to convince his employer Manchester United to sign the kid. “The teenager was quick, faster than anyone he had seen before in that age group,” the report says.

He told MEN (lol, that’s the Manchester Evening News),

I had just got hired at that time and I called and said I wanted to go and see this player. So I went and right away, I am being honest, right away I recommended him. I feel very, very strongly about him. He is physical, intelligent. I felt strongly about him, if not stronger than I did when I recommended Christian Pulisic to Chelsea, and I took him for a trial at 14-years-old.

But his calls fell on deaf ears. MEN adds,

The scout, who had previously recommended a 14-year-old Neymar to Chelsea as well as teenage forward Radamel Falcao, filed over 40 reports on Davies in his two-and-a-half-years at United, but to no avail. Their loss was very much Bayern’s gain.

Each one of those calls is now — what? — worth around €2m a piece. Alvial also tried and failed to convince Chelsea to sign Davies.

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