Spanish midfielder Isco is one of the biggest talents on the Real Madrid roster.
He scored one of the two goals on Tuesday to ensure Madrid’s second consecutive Super Cup victory and their third in four years, kicking off what’s sure to be another strong campaign for the La Liga side.
His opponents at Manchester United likely wished that he was out there for them – and to rub salt in the wound, he reportedly could have been a handful of years ago before United passed on him for a rather subjective set of observations.
According to ESPN FC, the Sir Alex Ferguson era for United saw the Premier League club take a close look at a then-21-year-old Isco in 2013. The management team ultimately passed on a chance to bring him on board, though, after their observations fell flat on his long-term promise as a player.
“He’s good, but not quite quick enough and his head is too big for his body,” was the verdict on the then 21-year-old playmaker, via ESPN.
After United backed off their interest in the Spaniard, Real Madrid ended up acquiring the now-25-year-old for €30 million, and the rest is history. He’s been a key part of one of the most dominant Vikings rosters in team history, including a start during the team’s 2017 UEFA Champions League victory this past spring.
Jose Mourinho saw exactly why Real Madrid is the team to beat across Europe during the Super Cup match, and his observation that the midfield trio was ‘impossible to replicate’ only stands to suggest that United was more than a little off in their evaluation of Isco four years back.