It was yet another dismal day at Old Trafford today - as Swansea City sent Manchester United crashing out of the FA Cup after a late goal from Wilfried Bony.
The January transfer window is now open - and surely after today’s performance various areas of the pitch need to be addressed.
One such area is creative midfield - where the club have still not replaced Paul Scholes.
One player linked with a move to United in recent months has been Brazilian Footballer of the Year Everton Ribeiro.
He 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.
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."
But Cruzeiro have no plans to sell him anytime soon - and if they did it would certainly ne at a cost.
And that is the case. Cruzeiro President Gilvan de Pinho Tavares stated this in response to further speculation linking Everton with a move to United in the winter transfer window:
“It’s going to take an awful lot of money to get him. I'm happy to wait - I waited a year with (Walter) Montillo - so the fans can rest assured that I won’t just accept any offer for Everton.”
They did wait on Montillo, the Argentine international who joined Santos in January 2013. Santos first registered their interest in the player in 2012 - when Cruzeiro tied him down to a long-term deal in March.
Eventually they did sell him - and ended up getting a bit of a rough deal, selling him for R$16 million (approx £5 million).
So maybe waiting won’t be a bad thing after all?
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