Firmino Manchester United: Five facts about £18m-rated Di Maria replacement

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Manchester United have been linked with an exciting move to sign highly-rated Hoffenheim starlet Roberto Firmino, so here’s a look at five facts about the talented Brazilian playmaker, who has also been watched by the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City this season…

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1) He can play almost anywhere

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This season, Firmino has played in five different positions for Hoffenheim, starting either up front, just behind the main striker, central midfield, left midfield or the left-hand side of a front three. He can also play on the right flank and has done so in the past. This kind of versatility and comfort in a number of different attacking roles should see him fit in well into Louis van Gaal’s setup at Manchester United, with the Dutchman playing a fluid system that often sees players swap positions and change their roles depending on various formations or systems the team can play.

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