Manchester United’s need for a creative spark in their midfield has never looked more prevalent than it has recently. The defeats against Everton and Newcastle United have undone all the good work done in the 5-0 thrashing of Bayer Leverkusen and David Moyes’ now faces a tough task managing to get United into the top four - with the title now seemingly an impossible dream.
The team is therefore looking for creative midfielders to affect the attacking game with clever passing, dribbling ability and exceptional vision - and an ironically named Brazilian, who adorns the name of the team Moyes arrived from, is appearing to catch the eye.
Several reports this month have linked United with a move for Cruzeiro playmaker Everton Ribeiro. He has also been linked with moves to Russia, China and Qatar recently - but he has admitted himself that the idea of playing for Manchester United is a dream:
"I will continue doing my job here at Cruzeiro but plan on getting to a big club. It's a dream I've had since young, I've always liked Manchester United."
He has had an incredible season for Cruzeiro in Brazil as they took the Campeonato Brasileiro title by storm - finishing the campaign as champions. And Ribeiro received the accolade as the tournament's best player, such was his influence on the title win.
So with rumours of a £15 million bid in the transfer mill it was interesting to see how he got on in the Belo Horizonte club’s final game of the season against Andre Santos’ Flamengo.
But Ribeiro was not involved - as he was getting married instead.
He married his girlfriend of seven years Marillia in a ceremony in Sao Paulo. With the title already wrapped up he was given the blessing of his club to enjoy his special day.
He walked down a carpet in the royal blue of Cruzeiro and in a car adorned with the text #ER17 - so the club was still there in some respects.
He has married his high school sweetheart and afterwards declared:
“Marillia is the best goal I have ever scored.”
How long before they start looking for houses in Alderley Edge?