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Analyzing Manchester United Target Lucas Moura's Latest Olympics Performance

Max TowleAnalyst IAugust 1, 2012

Image via Sportinglife.com
Image via Sportinglife.com

In what proved an easy run-out at St. James' Park, Brazil comprehensively beat New Zealand 3-0 in their third and final group stage match.

But for Manchester United fans, all eyes were on the youngster Lucas Moura, who was making his first start at these Olympic Games. And based on what I saw, all of the reports of his promise and ability have not been exaggerated.

At times, the Kiwi defence look scared out of their wits as the Brazilian phenom ran at them with pace and skill in abundance.

Indeed, if this game was anything to go by, Lucas would soon become one of the Premier League's most fouled players if he were to come to England.

Unfortunately, with Brazil's dominance, came a gradual slowing of the pace of the game, which didn't suit the flying attacking midfielder's style of play.

Probably the biggest doubt many have had about the youngster is his lack of a finished product, but watching yesterday's game, the accuracy of such reports was called into question. Though people have criticised his decision-making in the past, against New Zealand, Moura rarely off-loaded the ball too late or too early.

He looked extremely comfortable on the ball, possessing a good first touch even when passes to him weren't perfect. 

His link up play with Neymar, Damiao and Co. was very impressive. His vision and ability to cut open a defence with one pass? Exemplary.

On the half-hour mark, he looked to have scored with a fine finish, but the goal-bound shot was deflected wide by a lucky Kiwi defender. Also noteworthy is how he and current Manchester United defender Rafael worked well off each other on the right-hand side. 

United fans will be hoping that this is a sign of things to come.

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