Slavchev joined Sporting on a five-year deal last month and in an interview with Portuguese newspaper Record, he’s made a simple statement over his current teammate: “William Carvalho is awesome!”
United have reportedly been chasing a deal for the £35-40 million rated Carvalho for some time, with the 22-year-old thought to be one of Louis van Gaal’s main transfer targets for after the World Cup in Brazil.
United definitely need some additions in the middle of their team and despite the consistency of Michael Carrick and the physical nature of Marouane Fellaini, they sill lack a presence in front of their back four.
Carvalho is part of the Portugal squad for the World Cup and is someone who could definitely inject a great deal of quality into United’s team in terms of picking up possession and breaking up the opposition play effectively.
Should he have a good World Cup with the Portuguese then it will only make United all the more determined to press on and try to get a deal completed once Portugal have exited the tournament in Brazil.
However, the danger is that with a good World Cup, every side so far unconvinced by his potential will realise that Slavchev’s brief description of him hits the nail right on the head.
United are in a good position to cope with any bidding war should one break out, but other sides such as Chelsea and Real Madrid who have been linked with him, can offer Champions League football.
It’s natural for someone like Slavchev to be instantly drawn to someone like Carvalho because he’s of a similar age and in a good position to tell the Bulgarian what to expect from life in Portuguese football.
What that shows United is that Carvalho is mature for his age, willing to approach and help younger players who could easily become daunted by a new, foreign environment very quickly.
Should United complete their long term pursuit of Carvalho they’ll be signing someone who can be effective for them both on and off the pitch.