Thierry Henry has backed Manchester United in their pursuit of Pedro as he believes that the Barcelona winger would fit into Van Gaala s system at the club unlike Angel Di Maria who recently concluded his move to PSG.
Manchester United have been recently linked with a move for Pedro, who is reportedly contemplating leaving Barcelona in search of more playing time. In the light of Angel Di Mariaa s departure from Old Trafford, Thierry Henry has backed Manchester United . to sign Pedro in order to replace the Argentine.
Pedro’s understanding of ‘wing play’ is second to none
Thierry Henry opined that his former Barcelona team-mate would be perfect for Old Trafford due to his understanding of the game and his ability to a apply pressure from out widea . Regarding him to be one of the best wingers in the world, Henry believes that Pedro would prove to be an a important acquisitiona for Manchester United should they complete the deal.
“He was the perfect team-mate for me at Barcelona because his understanding of wing play was second to none.a
“No one was better at applying pressure from out wide. It is a position that is in his DNA.a
Angel Di Maria failed because he did not suit Van Gaal’s system at Manchester United
Explaining Louis Van Gaala s system at Manchester United, Henry commented that Angel Di Maria did not succeed at the club because the Argentine needed more freedom to operate on the pitch.
“Louis van Gaal’s teams play in a structured way. He wants his players to stick rigidly to their positions and maximise their area of the pitch.a
“Di Maria’s game was based on running free from the right or the left. He didn’t fit into Van Gaal’s setup and that’s why they have sold him.a
Pedroa s discipline and his ability to influence the game from the wings will help him in making a bigger impact at United than Angel Di Maria, according to the former Arsenal striker.
“Pedro will be much more disciplined. He was more than important to Barcelona’s success, even though he spent much of last season as backup for Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez.”
With Neymar ruled out for two weeks due to mumps (parotitis), it will be interesting to see if Barcelona can convince Pedro to stay put at Camp Nou. Used sparingly in the treble-winning season, Luis Enriquea s team will be competing in six tournaments this season, hence allowing for plenty of opportunity to rotate the squad. Pedro is also expected to feature prominently in Barcelonaa s European Super Cup fixture against Sevilla along with both the legs of the Spanish Super Cup final against Athletic Bilbao. Therefore, the promise of more playing time could convince the winger to decline Manchester United’s interest in him.
The Barcelona winger is also not guaranteed to start at Manchester United due to the presence of Juan Mata and Ashley Young. Memphis Depay could also be used on the wings should Van Gaal opt to play Ander Herrera in a No. 10 role. Hence, though reports suggest that Barcelona and Manchester United have reached an agreement over Pedro, several factors will come into play over the course of the next few weeks which will determine his future.