Manchester United reportedly scout Roberto Mancini favourite Sandro Tonali

FC Internazionale Milano coach Roberto Mancini looks on before the Serie A match between FC Internazionale Milano and Udinese Calcio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on April 23, 2016 in Milan,...

Could Sandro Tonali be the new Nemanja Matic at Premier League powerhouses Manchester United? He's shining in Serie A for Brescia.

Sandro Tonali of Brescia Football Club during the Italian Serie B 2018

Manchester United sent scouts to watch the ‘new Andrea Pirlo’ Sandro Tonali pull the strings during Brescia’s dramatic 4-3 defeat to Bologna this weekend, according to Calciomercato.

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.

Sandro Tonali (R) of Brescia Calcio competes with Takehiro Tomiyasu of Bologna FC during the Serie A match between Brescia Calcio and Bologna FC at Stadio Mario Rigamonti on September 15,...

"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?

Nemanja Matic of Manchester United clashes with Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea as he wins the ball during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea FC at Old Trafford on...

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