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Manchester United Transfer Rumours: Alex Teixeira Would Outshine Willian

DONETSK, UKRAINE - SEPTEMBER 19:  Alex Teixeira of FC Shakhtar Donetsk in action during the UEFA Champions League group stage match between FC Shakhtar Donetsk and FC Nordsjaelland at the Donbass Arena on September 19, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Genya Savilov/EuroFootball/Getty Images)
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Leigh WalshCorrespondent IDecember 19, 2013

Manchester United players were left “in awe” of Alex Teixeira after their Champions League clash with Shakhtar Donetsk, according to Tom Hopkinson of the Sunday People

The 23-year-old stood out at Old Trafford with his array of skills and speed around the pitch, impressing the United players tasked with stopping him on the night.

Hopkinson reports that Teixeira’s performance moved him onto David Moyes’ Christmas wish list. Kevin Strootman remains the Scot’s top priority but if Roma fail to cooperate then the Brazilian is next in line.

If Teixeira is to join the Premier League champions, he would follow a similar path to that of former teammates and compatriots Willian and Fernandinho, who are currently plying their trade for Chelsea and Manchester City respectively.

Fernandinho has adapted to England’s top division with relative ease, slotting into the heart of the City midfield.

DONETSK, UKRAINE - OCTOBER 18:  Fernandinho of FC Shakhtar Donetsk celebrates his goal during the Ukrainian League match between FC Shakhtar Donetsk and FC Karpaty Lviv held on October 18, 2009 at the Donbass Arena, in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Alexande
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But Willian hasn't had things so easy. The 25-year-old has been a victim of Chelsea’s abundance of attacking talent and Jose Mourinho’s tinkering.

Willian has started just four league games this term. His best outing arguably came against Crystal Palace last weekend, but despite his performance Chelsea struggled to put the finishing touches to their moves.

Willian’s transfer to Chelsea was controversial, with the former Anzhi player reportedly undergoing a medical at Spurs before signing for the Blues—per David Ornstein of BBC Sport

The question then is the question that remains today. Why did Chelsea need to spend £30 million on yet another attacking midfielder? 

Willian is a talented player but he will dip in and out of the team this season and playing time is vital for a player looking to successfully adapt to a new country and a new league.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19:  Willian of Chelsea in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Cardiff City at Stamford Bridge on October 19, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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Teixeira on the other hand has the chance to walk into the Manchester United side if a move materialises.

The 23-year-old is arguably Shakhtar’s best player and he has the ability to thrive in United’s static midfield.

With Michael Carrick out injured, the Red Devils have lacked composure and creativity in the middle of the park, something which Teixeira possesses in abundance.

The Rio de Janeiro-born footballer can produce moments of magic in an instant. While he has played in an advanced midfield role for the Ukrainian side this season, he is equally comfortably playing a little deeper and out wide, where he was deployed on occasion last season.

He is a versatile player who can make things happen and United are lacking midfielders in that mould.

The champions haven’t had the best success with Brazilians down the years. Kleberson failed to settle and Anderson hasn't exactly set the world alight.

But Teixeira has four seasons of Champions League football behind him and he has been hardened to life outside of Brazil during his time in Donetsk.

He is playing some of the best football of his short career, scoring three times in the Champions League this season and impressing in the Ukrainian league.

If he does move to Manchester, then Teixeira will begin to outshine Willian in the coming years. The pair’s careers have followed a similar pattern but with the latter warming the bench at Stamford Bridge, Teixeira will have a real chance to make a name for himself at Old Trafford.

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