Report: Manchester United hand trial to "the next Cristiano Ronaldo"

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Manchester United have been credited with an interest in Benfica's Joao Filipe, and have now offered the teenager a trial.

The Red Devils are about to enter a new era at Old Trafford, as manager Louis van Gaal begins work this week after leading the Netherlands to the semi-finals of the World Cup. The Dutchman is now expected to restore United to their former glories after replacing David Moyes, and he's already made moves to try and improve the squad by landing Southampton left back Luke Shaw and Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera.

Both of those arrivals have one eye on the future of the club, and United continue to look for players who have bright futures ahead of them. They've actually gone one step further today by offering trials to two young Portuguese players who are tipped to have great careers, as Benfica's Joao Filipe and Joao Virginia arrive at Carrington.

The two players are just 15-years-old, but are already regarded as two of the finest prospects in recent years in Portugal, and unsurprisingly, that tag has attracted interest from some of the world's biggest clubs. Barcelona have already had a bid for Filipe rejected, whilst United's Premier League rivals Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool have been watching both players with a view to a future move.

Yet now, United have looked to steal a march on the competition by offering trials to both players, and if they impress, it's believed that they will be offered permanent deals at Old Trafford.

Filipe is a winger, who has unsurprisingly been compared to Cristiano Ronaldo given his nationality, and fans will be praying that he is the next coming of the former United star - no matter how unlikely that may seem given Ronaldo's star status.

Meanwhile, Virginia is a goalkeeper who is just as highly rated as Filipe is, and with both teenagers currently hot property on the transfer market, United are making a great decision in seeing what they're made of during their trial spells.

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