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Man Utd urged to sign PSG star Marco Verratti to ‘finally replace Michael Carrick’ by club icon Ashley Young

ASHLEY YOUNG believes his old club Manchester United should bring in Marco Verratti as the heir to midfield legend Michael Carrick. The Red Devils have struggled to find a top-quality successor in the holding role since Carrick retired back in 2018. The likes of Fred, Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic are currently questionable options in […] ...

ASHLEY YOUNG believes his old club Manchester United should bring in Marco Verratti as the heir to midfield legend Michael Carrick.

The Red Devils have struggled to find a top-quality successor in the holding role since Carrick retired back in 2018.

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Marco Verratti has lifted seven Ligue 1 trophies with PSG[/caption]

The likes of Fred, Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic are currently questionable options in the middle of the park.

But former United utility man Young says Paris Saint-Germain’s ‘unbelievable’ Verratti is the man to solve their midfield conundrum.

He told Radio 5Live: “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.

“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.”

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Italy international Verratti has been at the heart of PSG’s midfield since joining from Pescara in 2012.

He played a starring role in the Ligue 1’s side 2-0 victory over Man City on Tuesday with a pass completion rate of 93 per cent.

If United fail to land the Euro 2020 winner, Young believes boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should more often deploy Paul Pogba through the middle.

He added: “I think (United) are missing a trick in the centre of midfield. I think Paul needs to play there.

“At the weekend he was playing out towards the left, I don’t think that’s Paul’s best position. I think he wants to control play and he wants to dictate.

“He’s a player who can find passes, the way Carrick used to do.”

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