Giggs reveals Man Utd were keen on 'gem' Sanches prior to Bayern switch

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The Red Devils legend admits to having scouted the Portugal international during his time at Benfica and has lauded Swansea for landing a loan deal

Ryan Giggs has admitted that Manchester United were interested in Renato Sanches before he made a move to Bayern Munich.

After making the breakthrough in his native Portugal with Benfica, the highly-rated midfielder quickly drew admiring glances from leading clubs across Europe.

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United were among those to note his potential, with Giggs deployed on scouting missions during his time working as Louis van Gaal’s assistant at Old Trafford.

Sanches would ultimately make a move to Germany in a deal that could be worth as much as €80 million, but has ended up in the Premier League this summer on loan at Swansea and Giggs believes he is capable of making a positive impact in the English top-flight.

The United legend told WalesOnline: “I was watching him for United a few years ago and I was impressed – I thought he was a really talented player.

“He showed it then and he showed it in the Euros. It didn’t quite happen for him last year for Bayern, which can happen; a young player moving country, different language, a big club and a lot of expectation, but he is a talent and the Premier League will suit him because he’s an aggressive player.

“He can tackle, he can get forward and he’s going to a club that play football the right way so I think he’ll be a success.”

Sanches struggled to make an impact at Bayern during his debut campaign in 2016-17, with Carlo Ancelotti restricting him to 25 appearances in all competitions.

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The Euro 2016 winner is, however, still only 20 years of age and Giggs is confident a player he considers to be “a gem” will get his career back on track after making a shock switch to the Liberty Stadium.

He added, ahead of a potential debut for the youngster against Newcastle on Sunday: “I remember looking at him and instantly liking him. Liked the way he played and thought he would suit Premier League football.

“Swansea have done well to sign him – Paul Clement’s ties to Bayern and friendship with Carlo Ancelotti has got a lot to do with it, but that's when you've got to capitalise on stuff like that.

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“He's a fantastic player and I think he will be one of the exciting players in the league. It obviously depends on how Swansea do but he is a really good player.

“Germany isn’t that physical so I think the Premier League will suit him because he's physically strong, quick, aggressive, passes forward and I liked him instantly. Swansea have got a bit of a gem.”

Sanches did not manage a single goal or assist for Bayern last season, but will be hoping to make an immediate impact with the Swans if thrown straight into action by Clement.