The Daily Maul is reporting with ever greater gusto that Manchester United are closing in on Lucas Moura. The unbelievably talented Brazilian has been linked with Chelsea and Inter in recent times but now Manchester United are apparently favourites for his signature.
What was curious about yesterday’s article in the publication was the suggestion that Chelsea have bought a better player in Oscar.
‘The feeling in Brazil is that Chelsea may have got the better player at the moment with Oscar being the man in form but there is no doubting Lucas’s potential’
If football is now simply about scoring goals then Chelsea probably have got the more efficient player. He loves to pick the ball up in dangerous areas, take a touch then hit it early. Moura has scored more goals than Oscar in his fledgling career but Oscar does look much more like an out and out finisher.
But, soccersweep still believes in the idea of football as art. Despite the fact that the game has become unhealthily money driven in the last 10 years, there are still some of us that much prefer to see skill than efficiency. A beautiful stepover, feint, backheel or pass is just as important to the game as a goal will ever be. Beautiful moments of rare skill, not necessarily goals, are what made Eric Cantona a legend at Old Trafford. Sure, Ronaldo scored some amazing and crucial goals for the club, but most remember him best for skinning a full back, or flummoxing a defender and leaving him for dead on his arse on the half way line, red faced and sore.
If football is still about entertainment and breathtaking skill, then Lucas Moura wins hands down, everytime. He is the classic entertainer with the sort of rare inventiveness that is reminiscent of Pele. Oscar, with his eye for goal and efficient use of the ball, is probabaly suited to the Cheslea way. And, accordingly, Moura is more of a United player. Like Barcelona, Manchester United fans don’t just want a winning team. They want a beautiful winning team. That’s not to say Moura doesn’t know where the goal is himself – he has 26 in 100 odd appearances for Sao Paulo.
And if United do sign this player, beautiful football is exactly what they will get. This is the most exciting potential transfer since Wayne Rooney came to the club. If he does come to Old Trafford, as one of Sir Alex’s last major signings, Lucas Moura will be mentioned in the same breath as Cristiano, Wazza and King Eric within a few years – and you can quote us on that!