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Man Utd appoint scouts in Brazil

Rodrigo Possebon and Fabio Da Silva
Rodrigo Possebon and Fabio Da Silva are two of United's Brazilians

Manchester United have appointed two full-time scouts in Brazil to keep tabs on the country's emerging talent.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has four young Brazilians at the club in twins Rafael and Fabio Da Silva, Rodrigo Possebon and Anderson.

"It is a country you should pay attention to and has always been one that produces fantastic players who can play in big games," Ferguson said

United have been linked with Gremio midfielder Douglas Costa, 18.

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Ferguson is refusing to comment on Costa but is full of praise for Brazilian players, adding: "They have ability and enthusiasm."

"It goes in cycles. The north-east used to be a great hunting ground for scouts for many years.

"We had a spell in 1993. France had a great spell and are still producing some fantastic young players.

"Our scouts go to games and might get seen. It doesn't mean we are signing anyone."


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