Could their link up with Desportivo Brasil see more than just the 'next Kaka' going on tour this summer?
Manchester United have a rich history of blooding in young players and for many of them that has started with successful pre-season campaigns. With plenty of games to play and substitutions galore it gives the talented prodigy’s at the club the chance to impress the big boss ahead of the new season.
This summer Manchester United will once again be taking their brand around the globe as part of their pre-season preparations.
Their summer tour will start in Thailand against the Singha All Star XI in Bangkok and from there they will also visit Tokyo, Osaka, Hong Kong and Sydney; all places where they have massive fan bases.
So while the fans that turn out to see The Red Devils will want to see the likes of Robin Van Persie, Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney in action they will also get the chance to see some of the teams youngsters; including some United would not yet of seen up close.
That is because one Brazilian wonderkid dubbed the ‘next Kaka’ will be attending the tour with the senior squad. Wellington Bueno is a 17-year-old attacking midfielder blessed with talent currently on the books of Desportivo Brasil.
Desportivo formed in 2005 with the express desire to blood young talent in the Sao Paulo region and in 2008 signed a link-up with Manchester United with the chance of both clubs exchanging players, coaching methods and sports science techniques.
The link has already seen United complete deals for Bruno Gomes and Lucas Evangelista and the hope is that in time these players could become regulars for the United first team. So why stop at Bueno? Should United just take them all?
Evangelista has already played with the reserve side and Gomes is believed to be highly rated as a potent striker described by South American football expert Paulo Freitas as ‘like Luis Fabiano’.
The pre-season tour could be the perfect opportunity to bring them in and get them used to Manchester United as a club. It would also give Bueno, considered the best talent of the bunch, friends in the group so he would not feel alienated and could therefore produce his best performances out on the pitch.
What do you think? Should United take Gomes, Evangelista and Bueno to Thailand and beyond?
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