Former Manchester United man Phil Neville says that shock Red Devils addition Sadiq El Fitouri reminds him of Dutch legend Johan Cryuff.
The Premier League giants launched a shock move to land the 20-year-old Manchester City reject from Salford City during the window.
The deal was one that, alongside the addition of Andy Kellett, surprised fans of the club, with very few having heard of him.
El Fitouri was released from City’s youth set-up after failing to make the grade, but after a short spell out of the game he contacted Salford – Neville and Paul Scholes are co-owners – and was brought in after impressing during a series of bleep tests.
And the ex-United man says that the Libya-born defender put him in mind of Cryuff when he watched him action:
“We had a practice game, 11v11. It was absolutely freezing.” He is quoted by the Daily Star.
“Sadiq went down the wing, went past a player like Cruyff then stroked the ball into midfield.
“I’d been drawn to him since that bleep test but the more we watched him in training, the more I thought: ‘He’s a player’.
“After four times I thought: ‘This lad is definitely a player’.”
United’s only major signing of the last window was Victor Valdes, who arrived on a free transfer.