Barcelona attacker Philippe Coutinho sent a come-and-get-me plea to Manchester United according to a report by The Mirror in March, but Red Devils fans weren’t impressed with what they saw from the Brazilian against former club Liverpool on Wednesday night.
While the La Liga giants recorded a 3-0 victory over the Reds in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final tie, the 26-year-old was largely ineffectual before being replaced on the hour-mark to jeers from the Camp Nou crowd.
Coutinho hasn’t had the impact that he would have liked in Spain after deciding to leave English football, and it will be interesting to see what happens in the summer.
The Mirror reported in March that the South American playmaker has talked to a number of United players about a £100m switch to Old Trafford, having failed to settle in the Catalan capital.
Should a move happen, he would likely be competing with the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Anthony Martial for a spot in the starting XI.
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He hardly did himself any favours if he was trying to impress Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Co. on Wednesday however, and the Old Trafford faithful clearly aren’t fond of a potential deal either.
While one described him as an “older version of Martial”, another individual said he “looks just like Sanchez”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Coutinho looks just like Sanchez, we shouldnt even think of buying him.
— Jerry (@Jerry_MUFC) May 1, 2019
#mufc this is why Barca will let Coutinho go – poor. Not the player he was before he went to them. No way worth 100mill of Uniteds money as is being talked about. We have too many of his type already!!
— Gary W (@muttslugs) May 1, 2019
Anybody who wants coutinho at utd should watch him again tonight. Hes a passenger. We font need any more of them. Barca do much better when he went off
— Adam Kitchen (@adam872mufc) May 1, 2019
I have no idea how Coutinho would fit in at united if bought
— Mufc (@Mufc209) May 1, 2019
Coutinho is absolute toilet. So I fully expect united to sign him for £200m this summer on 600k a week ?
— Liam (@Ricky_Spanish89) May 1, 2019
Coutinho and Trippier the 2 worst players of the semis and the 2 we are most likely to sign!
— The Light Knight (@LightKnightFPL) May 1, 2019
Coutinho looks like and older version of Martial at the moment. No thank you on joining United lol
— Meech33Zong (@dyounger3352) May 1, 2019
Barca are definitely selling Coutinho. None of that nonsense at United please.
— Srivatsa Muktetokounmpo (@chintu_macha) May 1, 2019