Manchester United ignored Jorge Alvial’s recommendation to sign Christian Pulisic
Then at Borussia Dortmund, the young American was seen as an upcoming star. He has since moved to Chelsea and looks to be on his way to fulfilling his potential.
Had United acted promptly, he could have been lighting up Old Trafford instead. The club also had enough idea on the player, thanks to Alvial.
Pulisic was one of the first two players he urged United to sign during his two-and-a-half years at Old Trafford. He previously worked as an International Scout of the Americas at Chelsea for nine years.
“When I first got hired one of the people that I recommended right away was Pulisic because I knew him and his background.”
Alvial was familiar with Pulisic’s talent from the time he was a teenager. He first took Pulisic for a trial at Chelsea when he was only 13 years old. Even though he impressed the London club, they passed him on because he didn’t have a European passport.
The USA international eventually moved to Dortmund where he made a name for himself before ending up at Stamford Bridge.
Alvial’s faith in the youngster was such that he even risked disciplinary action by recommending the player to the head scout. Unfortunately, it led nowhere and United were caught napping.
Although he is unsure why the club chose to ignore his advice, he believes the player’s North American origins could have had something to do with it.
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Interestingly, the other player Alvial recommended was Bayern Munich wonderkid Alphonse Davies. Then playing for Vancouver Whitecaps, he eventually moved to Bayern Munich.
Inertia in decision making has led to us missing out on two supremely talented players. To rub it in our faces, we can now see Pulisic work his magic for an arch-rival.