Carlo Ancelotti eyes swoop for Manchester United target

After coaching him at Paris Saint-Germain, Carlo Ancelotti could be back in for midfielder Marco Verratti.


Former Italy and Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti has once again praised the ability of 21-year-old midfielder, Marco Verratti.

After being part of the Italian’s development last season, Ancelotti could be looking to move the diminutive midfielder to Spain, linking up with him again at Real Madrid and stop any future move from Manchester United.

"When I arrived at PSG, I immediately recognised that Marco Verratti had enormous qualities. He will become a great champion, I am sure," assured the coach of Real while speaking to Radio Onda Libera.

Verratti is considered to be one of Europe’s brightest midfield prospects, but his place in the PSG team could be under threat.

Laurent Blanc made the capture of former Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye in January, and he is linked with a move for Juventus star Paul Pogba in the summer, this would leave Verratti out of the first-team picture, and open the door for either United or Real Madrid.

David Moyes’ time at United could be numbered after another two points dropped at the weekend at home to Fulham, but no matter who is in charge of the Old Trafford club, they need reinforcements. Verratti’s play would be perfect for the Premier League and would add something different to the current United midfield.

Although still only 21, the midfielder made his first-team debut for Italian side Pescara when he was only 16. Now he has developed his game even further and is slowly moving away from the tag as the “next Andrea Pirlo”.

He combines excellent passing skills, with a steely, fiery determination, that makes him a force to be reckoned with in any midfield battle. Tough tackling, he is never far away from a yellow card, but his positioning and reading of the game is excellent. Still young, he has lots to learn about controlling a game, but he is improving all the time.

With Carlo Ancelotti keen to return for the midfielder, he must be doing something right. His manner and ability make his perfect for the Premier League. Manchester United could really do with a player of his spirit and desire.

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