Manchester United have identified Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Alex Teixeira as a possible transfer alternative to Kevin Strootman, reports the Sunday People.
The 23-year-old turned in an impressive performance against the reigning Premier League champions in their recent Champions League clash, and is understood to have been recommended by a number of senior United players.
Red Devils boss David Moyes is still keen to bring Holland international Strootman to Old Trafford, but is said to be coming round to the idea of recruiting Teixeira if Roma refuse to do business in January.
Sir Alex Ferguson was famously urged to sign Cristiano Ronaldo by Manchester United players after the Portuguese star dazzled playing for Sporting Lisbon in a 2003 friendly.
Now the same situation has risen again, this time with the Brazilian star, who would help fill the creative void currently in Manchester United's midfield.
Moyes is eager to strengthen his squad when the transfer window reopens in January, in a bid to get the club's defence of the domestic title back on track.