United watch Italian left back
By Nadia Carminati. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Fiorentina defender Manuel Pasqual will be monitored by Manchester United scouts on Sunday.
La Viola have made a big impression on Serie A this term and the 23-year-old defender will take his place in the side against Treviso at the weekend.
After leaving little-known Arezzo for a crack at the big time at Artemi Franchi, he has not disappointed coach Cesare Prandelli since securing a first team spot.
With 12 Serie A appearances under his belt, Pasqual is building a reputation as a promising left back.
Some are even tipping the youngster, who was born in the year Italy won the World Cup, as a future Azzurri international.
United have already received favourable reports on Pasqual and will analyse his performance closely on Sunday.
Left back is an area that concerns Sir Alex Ferguson as he has sorely missed influential Argentinian Gabriel Heinze, who is out with a long-term injury.
John O'Shea has largely filled in, with Kieran Richardson and Mikael Silvestre also covering the role, but all have failed to shine.