Manchester United missed a trick by not signing Spain star Jordi Alba

by Sam Peoples

Barcelona have confirmed the purchase of Jordi Alba. Photo: Martin Rose (Getty Images)

A deal, thought to be worth €14million, will see Jordi Alba follow David Villa in switching from the Mestalla to the Nou Camp into a Barcelona side that he will slot seamlessly into, much like he has done in the Spanish team.

Valencia full-backs Jordi Alba and Joao Pereira have been two of the outstanding performers at Euro 2012 this summer, for Spain and Portugal respectively. Both have combined marauding runs with disciplined defending and have epitomised what a modern day full-back needs to be. Cafu would be proud. It comes as no surprise that tika-taka Barcelona haven’t waited very long and they have already brought Alba back to the club he left as a youngster.

He only became a left-back at Valencia due to injuries in the 2009-10 season, but it didn’t take him long to stake his claim to the spot and Barcelona have really pulled off a coup by getting his signature with Eric Abidal forced to retire from the game due to his liver troubles.

You imagine that Manchester United wouldn’t of stood a chance at gaining his signature with Barcelona in the running anyway but I would of at least liked to have seen us been in the running. Patrice Evra has been on the decline ever since the debacle of France’s torrid World Cup 2010 campaign and without a real alternative, he has become far too comfortable in his guaranteed starting berth at United.

Rumours are still rife that we are still hot favourites to sign Leighton Baines from Everton, with rumours that a transfer fee of around £15-20million being touted. When you see such talent as Jordi Alba getting bought for €14million, it makes you a bit sick.

Fabio is going out on loan next season and Ezekiel Fryers is stalling on signing a new deal, we are looking desperately weak in the left-back position. Whilst bolstering the central midfield still remains the priority, Sir Alex and Mike Phelan really need to keep an eye on the left-back slot and look further afield than Goodison Park to see what else is out there.

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12 comments

Sam Peoples 06/29/2012 - 09:25

Our interest in Jordi Alba stemmed back at least six months ago.

@Robert Woods We missed a trick by not signing Messi, Iniesta and Xavi who were never available on the transfer market? Excellent comparison.

@Richard Green This is hardly a case of throwing toys out of the pram. I, and every United fan, knows that Patrice Evra was a real liability last season and I am simply looking for alternatives. If I was a transfer muppet, you would have plenty of articles on here about Luka Modric my friend.

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Richard Green 06/29/2012 - 04:50

This is a classic case of United being linked to every decent player available out there and some fans throwing their toys out of the pram when that player does not sign. Completely random. The internet has given a voice to every transfer muppet out there!

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Robert woods 06/29/2012 - 04:46

“Manchester United missed a trick by not signing Spain star Jordi Alba” – A title purely designed to get attention. Alba was a player who had no interest in United or was ever going to sign for them. I think Manchester United also missed a trick by not signing Messi, Iniesta and Xavi. Well you know, they “wouldn’t of” stood a chance, but they should have at least been in the running as the author so eloquently put.

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Nick Gryschek 06/29/2012 - 04:34

“You imagine that Manchester United wouldn’t of stood a chance at gaining his signature with Barcelona in the running anyway but I would of at least liked to have seen us been in the running” – Erm alright then, let’s be in the running for all the seemingly unrealistic and unfeasible transfer options while ignoring any actual feasible targets.

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Just an advice 06/29/2012 - 01:38

Let me start by saying that I find this to be a nice blog and judging from your grammar usage, you seem to be an intelligent person; so don’t take this the wrong way. I’m not trying to nitpick but “should of”, ”wouldn’t of”, etc, do not mean anything. It’s “should HAVE”, “wouldn’t HAVE”.

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huo 06/29/2012 - 00:53

maybe in january or one year ago there was a chance ,but they didnt act

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Hans 06/28/2012 - 23:39

This is a non-story!!!! What is the point of showing an interest for a player, who obviously does not want to join you?!!!!!

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Sam Peoples 06/28/2012 - 23:21

It seems that this article has been misconstrued. I know that Barcelona were always odds on to gain his signature due to his roots in the youth team but it doesn’t take away from my opinion that United could have showed an interest, regardless of the situation. We are in need of a left-back with Evra in decline and he fitted the bill perfectly.

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rick croot 06/28/2012 - 23:14

Jordi Alba is Catalan, can anyone explain to me how Utd have missed a trick here!. He was never going to go to Utd whilst Barca showed an interest, if Barca had have gone elsewhere then Utd were in play, but anyone with any history of Spanish culture and politics would know that Fergie did not stand a chance once Barca played their hand. End of, blood is thicker than water.

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Deb Morris 12/05/2012 - 00:32

Rick, are you the Rick Croot stationed in Berlin 1980’s? I was married to Scott Morris who worked at Teufelsberg. Researching old connections….

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Sam Peoples 06/28/2012 - 23:11

Poor research? You have stated exactly what I have.

“You imagine that Manchester United wouldn’t of stood a chance at gaining his signature with Barcelona in the running anyway but I would of at least liked to have seen us been in the running.”

Am I not allowed to state that I feel Jordi Alba would of been a great signing?

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weebess 06/28/2012 - 23:09

Poor research.
Alba was only interested in Barca – the fee was all they would pay for him (up from 12 to 14) – otherwise he would have gone to them 12 months later for free. No other club, United or others, were in with a shout – so dont dwell on the transfer or fee – its not a Man Utd story.

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