Yevhen Konoplyanka has been favourably compared to Arjen Robben by former Manchester United winger Andrei Kanchelskis.
Ukraine international winger Konoplyanka - who currently plies his trade with FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the Ukrainian Premier League - has been the subject of intense speculation over his future in recent weeks, with fierce rivals Manchester United and Liverpool both linked with the £12 million-rated wideman.
Kanchelskis - a former Manchester United winger who won two Premier League titles and one FA Cup with the club he represented between 1991-95 - appeared to fully endorse Konopyanka for a potential switch to Old Trafford during an interview given to the Manchester Evening News.
“Yevhen is a good player and he would be good for United,” he said.
"If you are looking for a quick winger then Konoplyanka is not that. He isn’t as quick as I was! He isn’t like a Ryan Giggs or Lee Sharpe who played with me at United.
“He is not a real winger as such and I don’t think there are many of those around Europe at the moment. But he is technically very good, he has good skills and he has a good shot on him. He likes to come more into the central midfield areas and does like to get a hit on goal."
While this is all sure to be particularly encouraging for supporters of both Manchester United and even Liverpool, it is the comparisons with Dutch superstar Robben - who himself has been linked with a potential move to the Premier League since Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal was confirmed as the managerial successor to David Moyes - that are sure to really excite.
"To me he is like Arjen Robben. He is similar to him and if that is the kind of player Louis van Gaal likes then why not go for Konoplyanka?” the 45-year-old Kanchelskis added.
While impatient and understandably frustrated Manchester United fans can be forgiven for perhaps expecting one or two truly world-class names to arrive this summer along with the reputable Van Gaal, it is obvious that Konoplyanka would be a stellar addition to their current squad.
Although it is true that the player has no experience of a domestic league outside of his native Ukraine, he is clearly an encouraging and pacey talent who has proven himself more than capable on the international stage.
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