United are a team in transition right now, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer caught between replacing the deadwood and building for the future by assembling a treasure trove of gleaming rough diamonds like Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire at Old Trafford.
And Tonali is exactly the sort of player Solskjaer wants to become the cornerstone of a new-look United side.
A gifted play-maker with a mop of jet black hair and the ability to orchestrate the game from the centre of the park, there are a number of reasons why Tonali has been called Pirlo’s heir and, at just 19, his potential is nothing short of frightening.
The fact that Roberto Mancini handed Tonali his first call-up to the senior Italy side when he was 18, and playing Serie B football, speaks volumes about a deep-lying midfielder with the world at his feet.
"I want to stress again that he's incredibly gifted and has clear margins for growth,” the former Manchester City boss said in quotes reported by Goal in October 2018.
Tonali has gone from strength to strength since then, inspiring Brescia to promotion and establishing himself in the top flight after just three Serie A matches.
Forget the new Pirlo, could Tonali be the new Nemanja Matic at Manchester United?
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