Manchester United cult icon Kleberson reckons Erling Haaland is "better off" at Manchester City and wants his old club to now target Benfica hotshot Darwin Nunez.
United missed out on the chance to sign Haaland when he was at RB Salzburg, with then-manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer keen to bring the forward who he managed at Molde to Old Trafford. Like any super club, the 13-time Premier League champions always retained an interest in the Norwegian superstar, but Haaland opted to join United's great rivals City in a deal announced on Monday afternoon.
Former Red Devils star Kleberson isn't surprised the 21-year-old chose to go to the Etihad and thinks he's better off under the tutelage of Pep Guardiola while his old club continue to figure things out both on and off the pitch.
Speaking to Paddy Power, the retired Samba star said: "Erling Haaland is a top player and a top goal scorer. Big clubs in Europe were fighting for him because his numbers are amazing and it’s important to have a player like him in your team.
"The way Manchester City play under Pep Guardiola is a better option for Haaland than Manchester United. United are in the process of getting a new manager who still needs to figure out how the team will play and that’s why he’s better off going to City."
Back in February, United interim boss Ralf Rangnick told reporters that it was "obvious" the club needed to sign a striker or two in the summer. And after missing out on Haaland, Kleberson thinks he knows just the man to lead the line at Old Trafford next season.
"I heard that Manchester United might be looking at Darwin Nunez from Benfica and that made me really excited," he said. "His style is like Edinson Cavani but he’s younger and more dangerous from outside the box.
"He’s not as big a name as Haaland but if he leaves Benfica, I’d love to see him at Manchester United."
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Uruguayan ace Nunez, 22, is one of Europe's hottest properties after a breakthrough season with Benfica. The 6ft 2in star has scored 34 goals in 41 games for the Portuguese giants, including six in the Champions League.
However, United will need to get the chequebook out if they want to sign the forward. Nunez is contracted to Benfica until 2025 and has a £130million buy-out clause inserted into his deal.
A figure of around £70million is a more realistic possibility, with a host of Premier League clubs sniffing around the continent's next big talent.
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