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Thierry Henry hails 'perfect' Manchester United target Pedro

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Thierry Henry has hailed Pedro as the 'perfect' team-mate and the ideal man to replace Angel di Maria at Manchester United.

The Spanish international is said to be closing in on a switch to Old Trafford, just days after record signing Angel di Maria left to join Paris Saint-Germain for a fee of around £45 million.

Pedro is said to have a €30 million release clause in his contract but Manchester United are currently in talks with Barcelona  to try and get him for a lower price, although the deal is still expected to happen sooner rather than later.

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Arsenal legend Thierry Henry believes that Pedro is more than worth his release clause because he is the 'perfect' team-mate, and also believes Manchester United will ultimately be getting a better player that Di Maria because he will fit in better with Louis van Gaal's system.

"Manchester United will be getting an excellent player if they can complete the signing of Pedro," Henry told the Sun.

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"He was the perfect teammate for me at Barcelona because his understanding of wing play was second to none. No one was better at applying pressure from out wide. It is a position that is in his DNA. It's been drilled into him by a lifetime at the Nou Camp and why I believe he will be such an important acquisition for United.

"Louis van Gaal's teams play in a structured way. He wants his players to stick rigidly to their positions and maximise their area of the pitch. Angel Di Maria's game was based on running free from the right or the left. He didn't fit into Van Gaal's setup and that's why they have sold him.

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"Pedro will be much more disciplined. He was more than important to Barcelona's success, even though he spent much of last season as backup for [Lionel] Messi, Neymar and [Luis] Suarez."

Manchester United got their Premier League campaign up and running with a win against Tottenham despite not having a ready-made replacement for Di Maria yesterday. Kyle Walker's own goal proved to be the difference between the two sides as five new signings made their debuts for the Red Devils.

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