Former Manchester United star Dimitar Berbatov has warned the club against signing Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho, who is expected to be available on sale, in the summer. His loan deal with Bayern will expire soon and he will return to Barcelona, who are looking to raise funds to sign their summer targets and could cash in on Coutinho in the transfer window.
The Bulgarian football legend opined United don’t need Coutinho and said Bruno Fernandes – who the club signed in the January transfer window – is a very similar player.
With Fernandes having hit the ground running since joining the Red Devils, and Mctominay producing great football and Frenchman Paul Pogba returning from an injury, Berbatov thinks ‘signing Coutinho would be pointless.’
“There have been a lot of Premier League clubs linked with him, Arsenal, Chelsea, Newcastle and even Manchester United, but sometimes the obvious choice isn’t always the correct one.” Berbatov told Betfair [via Goal].
Coutinho failed to live up to the expectations that had been shouldered on him when he moved to Barcelona, and Berbatov thinks the Brazilian needs the trust of the manager. He said, “Everyone thought he would do great when he moved to Barcelona but it didn’t work out, sometimes you need to step back to go forwards, he will go to a good team there is no question about that, but he needs the trust of a manager to believe in him and make him the main man so that he can play calm and be free to do what he does.”
“Other people will see him linked with a move to United and they will point out his connections with Liverpool and how he would never be forgiven if he switched to Old Trafford, but honestly, United don’t need him right now,” the former Spurs forward added.
“Bruno Fernandes is a very similar player; he really hit the ground running and looks to be a very promising signing so I don’t think there would be any point in United signing him. Pogba is coming back, Fernandes is there, [Scott] McTominay is producing great football as well, they have enough quality there so signing Coutinho would be pointless,” the former Kerala Blasters attacker said as a conclusion.