It has been announced today that United have signed Angolan striker, Mateus Alberto Contreiras Goncalves, after completing a three week trial with the club.
Sir Alex Ferguson has usually kept away from African players, likely because of the inconvenience of the African Cup of Nations, which takes place every other year during the crucial January period of the season. However, Fergie has dipped in to the African market, signing the striker known as “Manucho” on a three year deal, joining us once the ACON has ended.
We hope he does well in the African Nations Cup because, as it is at the moment, he has to play enough games to qualify for a work permit,” added the United manager.
“We have had Manucho here for a 3-week trial and have been impressed enough to offer him a 3-year contract,” said Ferguson today. “He has done very well training with the first team and playing in a couple of practice matches. It is always difficult to assess it completely. But there is good potential there. He has good assets. He is a tall, agile, quick forward and through contacts that Carlos [Queiroz] has was brought to our attention around six months ago. If we can get the work permit we can map out a future for him, but I wouldn’t see him as a first-team player this season.”
A 24 year old Angolan striker who has yet to play in Europe? Forgive me for not being filled with confidence. We’ve been linked to Anelka and Berbatov time and again, but now we’re settling for this guy? He has come from Angolan side Petro Athletico, proving himself as the league’s top scorer in the past two seasons, with sixteen and fifteen goals respectively. Hardly proves he can cut it over here though.
At least now maybe it’ll be time to show waste of space Dong the door…
How do you feel about this signing?