£36m man William Carvalho shows he can partner Herrera in Manchester United's midfield

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William Carvalho started his first World Cup game as Portugal beat Ghana but it was not enough to prevent them from bowing out of the competition.

As Manchester United wrapped up the signing of Ander Herrera, a player who was expected to be first through the door at Old Trafford was making his mark at the World Cup.

William Carvalho of Sporting Lisbon was touted as United-bound earlier this year, valued at £36 million.

After impressing in his first 45 minutes as a substitute against USA on Sunday, Carvalho was handed a start against Ghana and he took it.

His performance illustrated why he would be an ideal partner for new United signing Herrera, and can allow the creative side of the Spaniard's game to flourish.

  TeamPass Accuracy %Won TacklesFwd PassBall RecoveriesMins
William Carvalho Portugal 85.71 4 23 11 90
João Moutinho Portugal 81.48 1 29 5 90

Carvalho outshone Monaco midfielder Joao Moutinho, who himself clinched a £25 million switch to the Ligue 1 runners-up from Porto last summer.

His passing was more accurate, and he won the ball back more, while almost made as many forward passes as Moutinho, whose attacking side of his game is more developed.

At just 22-years-old Carvalho is an outstanding prospect, and one United are said to have scouted numerous times in 2013/14.

He did not create any chances against Ghana, but this is not what United will be buying him for. His job would be to provide a more solid midfield base and win the ball back for their attacking players to flourish.

Ander Herrera is strong in terms of creating chances and likes to get forward. Asking him to play in a deep role would restrict him from best utilising his talents. 

Pairing them together would be an ideal solution, and they would be a young, motivated, and talented duo who would completely revitalise the weakest area of Manchester United's side.

If there were question marks over Carvalho's talent, he has answered them in his limited showings at the World Cup, and had Portugal started him in the first game against Germany, who knows, their entire tournament could have panned out differently.

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