Fonte: United missed out on Sanches

Southampton defender Jose Fonte feels Manchester United will live to rue their missed opportunity to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches.

Fonte and Sanches starred in Portugal's quarter-final victory over Poland, with the latter showing composure beyond his years to score a crucial penalty in the 5-3 shootout win.

The 18-year-old also scored the Seleccao's equaliser in the first half, but his all-round performance in the tournament has made the world stand up and notice his undeniable ability at such an early stage of his career.

The Red Devils were long-term admirers of Sanches but he was snapped up by Bayern in a €35 million deal in May, and Fonte reckons United will regret dragging their heels in pursuit of the teenager.

"Being a Premier League player, for me, they missed out on a very good talent," Fonte told reporters.

"He's a nice kid, he listens to the old guys, he wants to learn, which is good. It's great to have him around and he'll be the future of the national side for sure.

"He's got no fear. He just doesn't care. He goes and asks for the ball every second. He's got power and strength, energy to run all day and great ability. It is lucky for Bayern Munich that they have him."