PICTURE: Manchester United left disappointed by scouting trip to Lisbon derby

PICTURE: Manchester United left disappointed by scouting trip to Lisbon derby

Manchester United sent scouts to watch the Lisbon derby between Benfica and Sporting Lisbon this week but it was not a worthwhile trip as the match was postponed due to adverse weather conditions.

Also in attendance were Monaco, Juventus Bayer Leverkusen and (of course) Ipswich Town (click here to see a picture of the full list of attending scouts).

Since David Moyes took over, United have had scouts in Portugal on more than one occasion to watch both of these times.

Two long term targets that have been linked with moves to Old Trafford are Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho and Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay.

Unfortunately, there was no action as it not deemed safe to play in by the Portuguese Football League president Mario Figueiredo.

“There were small pieces of glass which had come off the roof,” he said.

“An emergency meeting was held around 15 minutes before the kick-off and we asked the civil defence if the game could go ahead. They said it couldn’t and told us to evacuate the stadium as quickly as possible.

“Fortunately this measure was decided in good time because shortly afterwards the pieces (of the roof) started to fall. A tragedy was avoided.

“We had to take this drastic decision.”

Moyes is known to be meticulous with his scouting before making a signing and ahead of what is set to be the busiest summer transfers United have ever had, expect plenty more scouting trips.

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