Manchester United have become synonymous with making notable blunders in the transfer market following a string of head-scratching decisions in the recent past, with the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era having been littered with a plethora of missed opportunities.
The Red Devils reportedly missed out on signing the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Gabriel Jesus for just £5m prior to the pair’s rise to stardom, while a more recent example saw the club pull out of negotiations to land Moises Caicedo for just £4.5m back in February 2021, only to now be quoted around £70m for the Ecuadorian’s signature.
The same is also true of current £38m target Kim Min-jae whom United supposedly passed up the chance to sign for just £3m 18 months ago, with the Old Trafford hierarchy having regularly snubbed potential bargain deals in recent times.
Another name can be added to that list in the form of Croatia international Dominik Livakovic, with the 27-year-old having seemingly been a target for Erik ten Hag and co during the summer window.
According to The Athletic, the Premier League outfit passed up the chance to land the Dinamo Zagreb goalkeeper for a fee of around €7.5m (£6m), having instead decided to sign Newcastle United’s Martin Dubravka on a loan deal.
While the latter man has gone on to feature just once since then so far this season, Livakovic has left United to rue their inaction after playing a starring role in his country’s surge to the semi-finals of the World Cup.
Should Man United have signed Livakovic?
No, not convinced
The 39-cap “machine” – as described by journalist Keith Smith – has conceded just three times in his five starts in the competition so far, making an impressive haul of 20 saves and keeping two clean sheets in that time.
The 6 foot 2 “hero” – as per journalist Sacha Pisani – has particularly come alive during the knockout phase, having produced a real penalty shootout masterclass after making three spot-kick saves in the win over Japan in the last-16.
That eye-catching showing was then followed by another vital display against a much-fancied Brazil side last time out, with Livakovic making 11 saves in that eventual victory to record a stunning 9.0 match rating, as per Sofascore, including the denial of Rodrygo in yet another shootout triumph.
The ‘keeper’s average match rating of 7.68 also means he is the ninth-best ranked player in the tournament at present, with the Zadar-born also ranking fifth for average saves made thus far with 4.0 per 90.
After being overlooked by a number of top-flight clubs in England – including United – there is a very real possibility that just a matter of months later the in-form stopper could well go on to taste World Cup glory, with Livakovic already looking like another case of what might have been for the Red Devils.
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