Manchester United ended up securing a last-gasp victory against Fulham in their last Premier League game before the World Cup break.
Alejandro Garnacho was the star, as he came off the bench for the last 20 minutes and sealed the three points with practically the last shot of the match.
The match was further evidence of a flourishing spirit within United’s dressing room and that has now translated into three late goals this season.
Maguire out, Silva in?
One player who missed Sunday’s thriller was club captain Harry Maguire. He has had to see quite a few wins off the bench this season with Erik ten Hag not trusting the central defender.
And recent reports had suggested a summer game was on the cards with United looking to cut their losses and recruit a hungry young defender more in line with Ten Hag’s demands.
Manchester United shows interest in Benfica’s central defender António Silva (19). Both Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes are understood to have spoken positively about Silva at Old Trafford. #MUFC [@TomHopkinson]
— mufcmpb (@mufcMPB) November 13, 2022
The England star was a huge asset when he first joined and performed admirably in his first two seasons. But since then and especially last season, his form has completely abandoned him.
His lack of pace does not suit Ten Hag’s demands and in the games he has played, individual mistakes have become an ever-present aspect of his game.
According to transfer expert Rudy Galetti, Benfica centre-back Antonio Silva has been identified as the perfect replacement for Maguire and United’s Dutch manager is determined to bring him to Old Trafford next year.
The 19-year-old will be heading to Qatar for his first World Cup appearance and is having a brilliant season so far. He has played ten times in the league and scored twice while Benfica leads the standings.
Silva’s career heats up
In the Champions League, Silva played in all six group stage matches as Benfica finished in first place ahead of Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus.
His immense talent has attracted many big clubs and arch-rivals Liverpool are also credited with interest, while PSG appear to be working hard to secure his signature.
United need someone who can secure the defense for a long time and Silva is the perfect fit. It won’t come cheap though, with reports indicating Benfica value his ace at over £50m.
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