Everton Ribeiro has spoken of his desire to join Manchester United, citing video games as the reason he knows the Red Devils squad so well.
United have Kagawa, Rooney, De Gea is the goalkeeper. I know them very well because I play with them a lot in video games as they are a great team. You play it one day after the other and know the players even better.
I feel I am ready to play in any part of the world. If you play for Cruzeiro, you can play in any place. I would fit in any part of the midfield. I would do well as a playmaker to support the attack.
Liverpool are also suggested to be tracking the 24-year-old's movements, but it seems United have the upper hand if a battle for Ribeiro's signature is to commence. The player previously suggested moving to Old Trafford is a "dream," per Alex Richards of the Mirror.
It would be great.
I let my agent and Cruzeiro talk about that. When they feel it’s good for both parties, they will let me know. I’ll see and we’ll analyse everything.
Ribeiro has played a key role in Cruzeiro's rise to the Brazilian title this season. The versatile attacking midfielder's seven goals and 11 assists in 35 games for "The Fox," per WhoScored.com, helped the Belo Horizonte-based team wrap up the domestic championship with matches to spare, reported by Paul Gorst of the Mirror.
The improving player is exactly the type of creative force United need—after the introduction of a ball-playing midfield destroyer—as David Moyes looks to improve his struggling squad in January, per United's official Twitter account:
While Ribeiro isn't the name many fans will have atop their Christmas wishlist, the classy midfielder can put his foot on the ball and maintain possession for the Premier League champions, providing a sense of control that has long been missing from the team's play.
United's inability to hold onto the ball and slow passing style have rendered Moyes' side increasingly easy to beat, the lack of tempo providing opposition with the belief they can nab three points away from the Scotsman's team.
Players like Ribeiro have the natural confidence and assertion to inject pace into play, whilst limiting turnover of the ball.
The creative player deserves a shot in England after his impressive season, but as always seems to be the case right now, Moyes has other positions he needs to prioritise over the introduction of a new attacking midfielder.