Liverpool icon backs £22m star to shine for Manchester United

Liverpool icon Fernando Torres has backed Barcelona star Pedro Rodriguez to shine in the Premier League if he moves to Manchester United, Mirror reports.

Pedro has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent weeks, with the Spain international already admitting that it would be a nice challenge after almost a decade of success at Barcelona.

And Torres, who played for both Liverpool and Chelsea, claims that the 28-year-old winger has everything to be a success in the English top flight.

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“He is a good friend, and if he decides that England is the next step in his career, I am sure he will do very well there,” he said.

“He has all the ability you would expect from a player who has been at Barcelona for so many years, but also he has a great work ethic.

“He works hard, he will help defend, he won’t be bullied, he has everything to succeed in The Premier League.

“I think he will find it very hard to leave Barcelona, but I understand as much as anybody how important it is to be playing regularly — especially once you reach a certain age. You need to be at a club where you are playing a lot of football.”

Pedro was the hero for the Catalans in the UEFA Super Cup on Tuesday night, grabbing an extra time winner in a thrilling 5-4 victory over Sevilla.

That game could prove to be Pedro’s last in a Barcelona shirt as the Red Devils prepare to meet his hefty £22million buy-out clause to bring him to Manchester.

Pedro only started 15 league games for the Blaugrana last season, scoring six goals.