Man Utd transfer target compared to Cristiano Ronaldo… but there’s one big difference

That is according to ESPN FC pundit and Liverpool legend Steve Nicol.

Felix has excelled in his first season in the Benfica first team after coming through the youth ranks.

The Portuguese forward has scored 20 goals in all competitions and only turned 19 in November.

However, Nicol does not think Felix would want to join a United side who are set for a rebuild under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Right now United need proven, trusted, class players. Felix is class but he’s not proven

Steve Nicol on Man Utd target Joao Felix

Nicol says Felix’s link to United is similar to when countryman Cristiano Ronaldo left Portugal to join the Red Devils aged 18 back in 2003.

However, the former Liverpool defender admits United were in much better shape back then than they are now.

And Nicol says United need to be signing more proven players than Felix this summer.

“This is interesting because he’s kind of in the position that Ronaldo was in when he left to come to Manchester United,” Nicol said.

“The difference is, Ronaldo was joining a team that was already top of the league, vying for Champions Leagues.

“That’s the kind of team if you were Joao Felix want to join.

“You don’t want to join a team that’s struggling and has to pretty much start rebuilding from the bottom up.

“That’s not going to suit this guy, he’s 19 years old, it would be far too much pressure.

“I don’t see how he goes, I don’t see why United would want him.

“Right now United need proven, trusted, class players.

“Felix is class but he’s not proven.

“So, I’m sorry, this is a miss.”

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