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'He would be great for Manchester United' -  Former Red Devils star on Marco Verratti

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2.30K   //    16 Feb 2019, 11:39 IST
Manchester United v Paris Saint-Germain - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: First Leg
Verratti is one of the best midfielders in Europe

What's the story?

Former Manchester United forward Dimitar Berbatov believes that Marco Verratti would be a great fit for Manchester United after the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder helped his team win at Old Trafford.

In case you didn't know...

Marco Verratti was one of the best players on the pitch when a depleted Paris Saint-Germain won 2-0 against Manchester United in the Champions League. Despite being without star players like Neymar and Edinson Cavani, the Italian midfielder showcased his caliber and helped his side dominate proceedings.

Dimitar Berbatov played for Tottenham, Manchester United and Fulham in his career and racked up 94 goals and 40 assists in 229 appearances. Clearly, Marco Verratti's exploits on the center of the pitch against United in the first leg of Champions League impressed him a lot.

The heart of the matter

Dimitar Berbatov did not hide his praise for Verratti, stating that he could be a great fit in the current Manchester United squad, even if a transfer is highly unlikely.

The former Red Devils forward told Betfair via Metro, “Marco Veratti was very impressive in the centre of the park for PSG. What I like about him is that his first thought is always to go forwards, but if that's not on, he's happy just to keep the ball, controlling the tempo and almost putting the other team to sleep."
“The Italian is an unbelievable talent; he reminds me of Xavi and Iniesta in many ways. He'd be great at United next to Nemanja Matic in midfield, allowing the Serbian to do the dirty work while he controlled the game. Can't see PSG selling though!”, he concluded.

What's next?

Manchester United will face Chelsea next in the FA Cup and focus on Premier League fixtures which include Crystal Palace, Liverpool, and Southampton before they try to overturn a 2-0 deficit in the Champions League against Paris Saint-Germain.

On the other hand, Paris Saint-Germain are leading Ligue 1 table with 10 points, despite playing 2 games less and will solely focus on Champions League.

Although Manchester United are expected to sign players when the transfer window opens, Verratti's contract expires in 2021 and it will need mammoth effort for the Premier League giants to sign the midfielder.

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