Ashley Young has recommended Manchester United to sign Paris Saint-Germain star Marco Verratti to solve their midfield problems.

Speaking to BBC 5 Live, Ashley Young has urged Manchester United to sign Marco Verratti. The current Aston Villa veteran believes that the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder has what it takes to solve the club’s problem in the midfield department.

Young’s comments come just a few days after Verratti’s heroic performance for PSG, in the club’s 2-0 win over Manchester City. The Italian was one of the best performers in the game, producing an excellent all-round display that not only kept the opposition at bay but also provided his team with stability in the middle of the park.

Verratti’s performance raised a lot of eyebrows across Europe, with now Ashley Young getting in on the act. The Englishman, who had spent one and a half year at Inter Milan before joining Aston Villa this summer, has tipped the Italian international to be an ideal answer to the club’s immediate need for a new quality midfielder.

Tribal Football has recently published excerpts of his interview with BBC 5 Live, where the 36-year-old also opined on United’s current crop of midfielders including Scott McTominay and Fred.

Attracting Barcelona interest again. (Photo courtesy - Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

What does the future hold for the talented Verratti? (Photo courtesy – Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

“The Michael Carrick type has been missing for years. They haven’t gone out and replaced Michael Carrick. Don’t get me wrong – Fred and McTominay are good players but I don’t think there’s a Michael Carrick around,” he said.

Formerly a part of the Manchester United side for almost nine years, Young had played with Carrick for a total of seven years before the latter eventually retired at the end of the 2017/18 campaign. The duo had won a Premier League title, an FA, a Europa League and a League Cup title during their time together at Old Trafford.

Young then went on to suggest Verratti as an ideal Carrick replacement for Manchester United. “I was watching the PSG v City game yesterday and I think Marco Verratti is the closest one and nobody’s gone out to test the water to try to sign him. I think he would be an unbelievable signing for Manchester United,” he told BBC.

Manchester United being urged to sign Verratti is a sentiment shared by many fans across the world. The PSG midfielder, though, hasn’t been seriously linked with a move to England in recent years and he also has a long-term contract in Paris, so it appears that he will move anywhere anytime soon.

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