Brighton sensation Caicedo already showing Man Utd why they should have signed him

For any player, scoring that first Premier League goal is a momentous career landmark.

But young Brighton star Moises Caicedo had a little extra to celebrate on Saturday when he opened his English top-flight tally.

Not only did the Ecuador international score against giants Manchester United with a sweet strike from range, but his first-half goal also set the Seagulls on their way to an historic 4-0 drubbing at the Amex Stadium.

If all that were not enough, Caicedo also had another, more personal motive for enjoying his maiden strike: finally showing United what they were missing over a year after seeing his touted move to Old Trafford fall through.

The Red Devils were close to signing Caicedo in the 2021 winter transfer window, only to desist from negotiations that, according to reports and for unstated motives, turned into a “clusterfu*k.”

Their loss was Brighton’s gain, as the south-coast outfit swooped to complete a deal worth a reported £5 million ($7m), a veritable bargain for a player already capped at senior level by Ecuador and spearheading their ultimately successful World Cup qualification bid with his swashbuckling performances in midfield.