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Manchester United move to snatch ‘new Cristiano Ronaldo’ from Benfica

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Manchester United have moved to secure two of the most promising young talents in Portuguese football, bringing Benfica pair Joao Filipe and Joao Virginia to Old Trafford on trial.

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Joao Filipe – the latest ‘new Cristiano Ronaldo’

Winger Filipe, 15, has been likened to Ballon d’Or holder Cristiano Ronaldo due to his explosive skills on the wing, but standing at just 5’5, he may well have been likened to World Cup finalist Lionel Messi; both of whom have been cited as idols by the young Portuguese talent.

His Benfica teammate Virginia is a highly-rated goalkeeper, and will train alongside Filipe at United’s Carrington training ground from this month (although no official timeline of their stay has been released).

The duo have caught the eye of a number of top European clubs recently, with United moving quickly to fend off reported interest from Premier League rivals Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea.

Sky Sports have reported that Barcelona have previously failed to secure Filipe, with Benfica eager to keep him at the Estádio da Luz; but with United taking both him and his teammate Virginia to Old Trafford for a trial, the Red Devils seem to be in pole position to snatch them up if they like what they see.

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Joao Filipe arrives at United’s Carrington training complex

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Comments (4)

  1. Nice move for Man United for taking both him and his teammate Virginia to Old Trafford for a trial,but Man United should may sew in sign Vidal.

  2. Joao Filipe and ur teamate you are welcome to Old Traford. U will be huge success in united.

  3. Pls man u sign players for us, what did we do to u, make us u fans happy for once.

  4. nice move utd…no more mistakes like before…Joao will be a great player…kudos utd n LVG