Aston Villa could have signed new Manchester United recruit Victor Lindelof two years ago, according to the Birmingham Mail.

Scouts allegedly went and watched the defender in 2015, including seeing him star in Sweden’s side that won the Under-21 European Championships.

After witnessing this, representatives reportedly told the club to sign the talented youngster but the Villans reportedly opted to recruit experienced players with the likes of Joleon Lescott and Micah Richards being added to their defensive options.

This is supposedly due to a conflict of interests with the manager at the time Tim Sherwood wanting to bring in proven players and director of recruitment Paddy Riley pushing for a focus on adding talented youngsters.

These signings didn’t prove to be much help as Villa were relegated to the Championship at the end of the 2015/16 Premier League campaign.

The club allegedly continued to follow Lindelof last season, but that proved to be too late and the defender has now completed a £31 million move from Benfica to Manchester United.

The Claret and Blue will be looking back at the decision and wondering what could have been had they decided to sign him.

Lindelof won three Portuguese top-flight titles and four domestic cups in a three-year spell in Benfica’s first-team.

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