Why are Manchester United scouting Antonio Carlos?

Manchester United have got one eye on 19-year-old defender Antonio Carlos of Corinthians and for good reason.

Manchester United’s scouting network is the envy of many clubs all over the world and it allows them to spot the most promising and most consistent teenagers in the game.

Antonio Carlos has made only three appearances for the Corinthians first team and he’s currently on loan at Oeste, but he seems to be a player that United are investing some interest in with regular scouting of the defender.

He seems to have a natural set of core skills which are appealing to the current Premier League leaders, who could make a move to sign him this coming summer.

Carlos played a major role in the junior side of Corinthians last season, leading the side to the Sao Paulo Cup junior title.

It’s his leadership skills which may appeal to United more than anything else because he already has experienced of captaincy at Corinthians.

This is majorly important for any club looking at signing a central defender because it insures against basic mistakes, which can come as a result of lack of communication or leadership in the back four.

He can bring a lot to the table if he is given a chance at United although he may not be thrown into the first team immediately.

With Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic not getting any younger, United are going to be looking at increasing their defensive reserves as the likes of Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling all play more prominent roles in coming seasons.

Carlos has natural height which is significant for any player who may make a move into Premier League football. It will help him cope with the more physical side of the English game.

The fact he’s been brought up on Brazilian football is also significant because United like to keep the ball on the floor and pass it out from the back when possible. That will also mean he’s used to having possession in his defensive third under pressure.

He may also find a move to United appealing because of the Da Silva brothers, two Brazilian players currently contracted to United who would help any transition in terms of life in England much easier.

This should reduce the chances of him getting badly homesick and it will also help with the language barrier as United coaches and staff try to develop his game and make him a more complete player.

What do you think United fans? Know anything about him?

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