‘Man United don’t need Coutinho’

Former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov feels it would be pointless for the Red Devils to sign Philippe Coutinho as they already have Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes.

The Brazil international is not expected to remain at Bayern Munich next season when his loan deal expires, while Barcelona is reportedly looking to offload the player as well.

A return to the Premier League could be on the cards for Coutinho, who made a name for himself with Liverpool before leaving for Barcelona in 2018.

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.

“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,” Berbatov told Betfair.

“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.

“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.”

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