Bruma - The next Cristiano Ronaldo who Manchester United need

Sporting Lisbon

Manchester United should look at another raid on former club Sporting Lisbon.

Manchester United have enjoyed a positive relationship with Sporting Lisbon over the years, you can't get much better than snapping up one of the world's best footballers for just £12 million.

The Red Devils tried to emulate the Ronaldo deal by signing Nani from them four years later, a player who has had his moments of magic but overall it hasn't really worked out entirely to plan.

Then again, Nani was never really claimed to be in the same league as Ronaldo, very good, but not capable of the same feats the Real Madrid man now is.

A player who is being touted as 'the next Ronaldo' back in Portugal is Lisbon's latest wonderkid; Armanda Tue Na Bangna - or simply Bruma for short.

At just 18-years-old, the left-winger is already being tipped for superstardom, and is doing his best to back up the hype.

Last year the teenager said, perhaps with a touch of swagger to match his ability: "Cristiano Ronaldo is my role model, I try to imitate him at every level and I am very happy with the results of my work."

Bruma broke into Sporting Lisbon's first team in February this year, and has not looked back, featuring in each of their final 13 games in the Primera Liga.

He scored one goal - a superb solo effort you can see below- and provided four assists, illustrating little trouble in adapting to the rigours of the division, playing the full 90 minutes in five of his last six matches, subbed in the 89th in the final game of the season to a rapturous applause.

But that appears to be Bruma just getting warmed up, for so far at the FIFA under-20 World Cup, along with Spain duo Jese Rodriguez and Gerard Deulofeu of Real Madrid and Barcelona, he has been the star of the tournament.

Bruma began by scoring twice in a 3-2 win over Nigeria, before a solitary goal in a 2-2 draw with South Korea. In their final group game this afternoon he scored two as they demolished Cuba 5-0, making it five goals in three games.

It is performances like these on a stage such as this, that makes scouts of big clubs really sit up and take notice. He will have been on their shortlist  beforehand, but now he has really put himself in the shop window.

Bruma is claimed to have a €30 million release clause in his contract, but with Sporting Lisbon still feeling the effects of financial troubles which saw them have to flog Ricky van Wolfswinkel to Norwich, they might just do a deal for less.

Manchester United would do well to get in there and offer a large sum for the whizkid, who would be a far more exciting attacking option on the left-wing than Ashley Young. The Red Devils of course also have the trump card of Nani to throw into the deal to tempt his former club.

Keep an eye on the name Bruma, because he is en route to becoming a household name. If David Moyes can dust off United's old Sporting Lisbon contacts, it could just be at Old Trafford where he really does get the chance to follow in his idol Ronaldo's footsteps.

Check him out in action below, proving his versatility on the right-side of attack...

Should United try to snap him up?

image: © goulao

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