Manchester United hand trial to Brazilian youngster Gabriel Martinelli

Manchester United hand trial to Brazilian youngster Gabriel Martinelli

Manchester United have given Brazilian youngster Gabriel Martinelli a trial ahead of a possible transfer for the 16-year-old.

The forward, who currently plays for Sao Paulo side Ituano, has been invited to Manchester by the club as coaches look to get a closer look at the youngster.

He was handed a chance to impress from the bench during a 2-0 win over Lincoln with the Under 18s, coming on for the last 30 minutes.

Martinelli will be handed a chance to further impress coaches during training sessions before an official decision is made over whether to hand him a contract.

Brazil is a country that simply breathes football, especially in cities like Sao Paulo where Matinelli is from. There is a tangibly different approach to the beautiful game there – a kind of religious duty to the ball and self-expression.

Their national side may be plagued with structural and attitudinal problems, but make no mistake: in Brazil, the kids that receive offers from Europe have to really, really stand out, offering something completely different and then mastering it.

Martinelli, therefore, must bring whatever made him stand out to the forefront of his game, whilst also showing a capacity for dealing with the physical side of this country’s footballing culture.

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