Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has admitted that the club missed an opportunity to bring Renato Sanches to Old Trafford, before the player signed with Bayern Munich.
Working as a pundit for ITV while they covered the Euro 2016 quarter-final between Poland and Portugal, Giggs was forced to watch one of Europe's most promising young talents light up the tournament once again.
The teenager scored his side's equaliser last night, firing a low shot from outside the box which took a slight deflection before hitting the back of Poland's net. He then swept his penalty into the top corner as Portugal advanced into the semi-finals winning 5-3 on spot kicks.
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After the match, Giggs, who was the assistant manager at Manchester United for two years under Louis van Gaal, was asked his opinion on the 18-year-old. When asked if Sanches was worth the £35 million Bayern had reportedly paid, Giggs told ITV, as per the Daily Mail, that he was "100 per cent worth it.
"I saw a lot of his games last season. Six, nine months ago, he was on fire. Then his form dipped. But you’d expect that. He’s a kid with a lot of talent."
Sanches was believed to be on United's radar for a while, but Van Gaal was said to be unsure of his quality. With the English club stalling, Bayern swept in signed the striker from Benfica in May.
The teenager broke into the first team at his former club in 2015 and made just 24 appearances last season before being snapped up by one of Europe's biggest clubs. Should he carry on his fine form shown at Euro 2016, there is no doubt that Sanches will become one of the biggest names in world football.
Fans of the young star will get another chance to see him on the international stage next week, when Portugal face either Belgium or Wales in the first semi-final of Euro 2016.