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Louis van Gaal tells Pedro: You'll be in Manchester United starting XI


Barcelona's Pedro in on Louis van Gaal's wanted list

Barcelona's Pedro in on Louis van Gaal's wanted list

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Barcelona's Pedro in on Louis van Gaal's wanted list

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has told Barcelona winger Pedro he'll be in his first-choice front three if he agrees a move to Old Trafford.

Van Gaal informed the player, whose full name is Pedro Rodriguez, that United would be using a 4-3-3 formation this coming season, and that the Spaniard would play alongside captain Wayne Rooney and new Dutch signing Memphis Depay.

Pedro has a £22m escape clause in his contract but Barca manager Luis Enrique is reluctant to let him go, even though the 28-year-old is not a regular starter at the Nou Camp.

That's not surprising with the holy trinity of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar gelling for the Catalan giants.

Pedro could make his final appearance for the European champions against Roma in the Gamper Trophy season curtain-raiser at the Nou Camp tonight.

Pedro, who was born and raised in the Canary Islands, has told friends he is keen to join Van Gaal's revolution at United and help the manager with his attempts to emulate the Rooney-Ronaldo-Tevez three-pronged attack that helped the Red Devils secure a Premier League-Champions League double under Sir Alex Ferguson in 2008.

The manager is convinced that Pedro, who has scored 98 goals in 318 games for Barcelona, can provide the goal threat and pace on United's right side.

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