Manchester United sign 24-year old striker Manucho

The striker, who has been on trial at Manchester United, arrives from Angolan side Petro Athletico on a three-year deal.

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson:

“We have had Manucho here for a three-week trial and have been impressed enough to offer him a contract. He is a tall, agile, quick forward and through contacts that Carlos (Queiroz) has, was brought to our attention around six months ago.”

Manucho, whose real name is Mateus Alberto Contreiras Goncalves, arrives at Old Trafford in January subject to a work permit.

He was top goalscorer in the last two seasons of the GiraBola, finishing with 16 goals for Petro Luanda in 2006 and 15 goals this year. Manucho will be part of the Angolan squad for the African Nations Cup in January.

He joins Carlos Tevez, Wayne Rooney, Loius Saha and Dong Fangzhou in Manchester United’s striking department. His arrival at Manchester United lessens the burden on Rooney and Tevez and gives Manchester United another option to the injury-prone Saha and the not-so-effective Dong.

Since he’ll be at the African Nations Cup, Manucho is one for the future and I’d expect him to feature Feb / March onwards.

What do you guys think – is he going to be a good signing for Manchester United? Post pictures, video links, etc in the comments if you find any.

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