Monaco and Manchester City’s Champions League clash on Wednesday evening looks set to be a cracker. The Ligue 1 outfit have scored the most goals of any side involved in Europe’s five leading top flights this season and they showed their attacking prowess in the first leg at the Etihad Stadium, netting three times in an eight-goal thriller.
Indeed, Leonardo Jardim’s side have developed a reputation as one of the most exciting sides in Europe, not only because of their flair going forward but also due to the vast cohort of young players involved in their starting XI – which has lead to plenty of speculation over whether they’ll all be at Stade Louis II next season or turn up in the Premier eague.
With that in mind, we asked Manchester United fans earlier this week to vote for which Monaco stars they’ll be keeping an eye out for on Wednesday night and the results are now in.
Here’s a look at the top three…
Regularly linked with the Red Devils and one of the standout performers of the first leg, full-back-come-central-midfielder Fabinho ranked third in our poll.
The versatile Brazilian bagged two assists against the Citizens last time out and is enjoying a fantastic season at the heart of midfield, netting seven times in 28 Ligue 1 outings.
The 23-year-old looks set to be in demand this summer – another influential performance against one of the Premier League’s biggest clubs could be what convinces one of his English suitors to put some money on the table.
Often compared to his City namesake David, Bernardo Silva is rapidly gaining a reputation as one of the most exciting playmakers in Europe.
He missed out on a place in Portugal’s Euro 2016 squad but is undoubtedly one of the biggest talents his country has to offer, combining trickery and pinpoint passing with a consistent supply of assists and goals – six and seven respectively in Ligue 1 this term.
The 22-year-old struggled for output against the Citizens at the Etihad Stadium but still proved a nuisance with his mazy dribbling and clearly has a huge future ahead of him.
Perhaps due to Paul Pogba’s questionable influence since returning to Old Trafford in the summer, Manchester United fans will be keeping their eyes peeled mostly for 22-year-old countryman Tiemoue Bakayoko.
The holding midfielder failed to offer adequate protection at the Etihad Stadium last month as City netted five times but he’s got all the physical requisites to be a huge success in the Premier League and some have compared him to City’s Yaya Toure, boasting an 88% pass completion rate in Ligue 1 this term.
Could he be the perfect man to take over from Michael Carrick at the base of United’s engine room?