Brilliant Moises Caicedo provides fresh reminder of Man United's transfer failings


The display put forth by one member of Brighton & Hove Albion's midfield to this point in the club's meeting with Manchester United has provided those who may have forgotten with a timely reminder of the failings of the transfer team at Old Trafford.

The player in question? Moises Caicedo.

Youngster Caicedo was afforded his latest starting berth by Brighton boss Graham Potter on Saturday evening.

On the back of a stellar showing en route to the Seagulls' drubbing of Wolves last time out, the Ecuadorian international was rewarded with a fresh chance to impress alongside the likes of Yves Bissouma, Alexis Mac Allister and Pascal Gross in the middle of the park.

And to say that this is an opportunity which Caicedo has since gone on to take full advantage of would be something of an understatement.

Despite his tender years, the 20-year-old has looked a class above his Manchester United counterparts, shining on both sides of the ball amid an all-round midfield performance.

Not only that, but he has too made the difference when it comes to the current scoreline at the Amex, courtesy of a superb drive from 20 yards which beat David de Gea all ends up:

Reds left to ponder what might have been

So, why is Caicedo's brilliance thus far on Saturday such an indictment of the woes of Manchester United's transfer policy over recent seasons?

Well, as many will no doubt recall, the Red Devils were widely expected to land the gifted youngster before his move to England's south coast ultimately came to fruition.

The 2021 winter window saw Caicedo, understood to be a lifelong United fan, tipped across the media to seal a dream switch to the Theatre of Dreams, to further develop his talents before eventually carving out a first-team berth.

In the end, however, those in a position of power at the club came to the decision not to close an agreement with Independiente Del Valle, opening the door for Brighton to seal a deal for a measly £4.5 million.

Now, just 18 months on, the 20-year-old is showing the current crop of underperforming midfield talent on the red half of Manchester what a top-class display in the middle of the park actually looks like...

*Update* - The floodgates have since opened at the Amex, with Brighton now remarkably leading by four goals to nil.

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

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