Manchester United hand trial to ‘the new James Rodriguez’: report

Colombian teenager Wilson Tilve on trial at Manchester United.

According to the Daily Mail, Manchester United have handed a trial to Club Atletico Colombia de Cartagena attacking-midfielder Wilson Tilve.

The 16-year-old reportedly visited the Red Devils’ training complex at Carrington on Monday, January 26 until Friday, February 2. Tilve, a left-footed Colombian who draws similarities to Bayern Munich’s James Rodriguez, plays in the number 10 role and has been tipped for a bright future.

The news comes as Manchester United have been tying down some of their brightest academy talents to long-term deals, which could be a clear sign that manager Jose Mourinho is thinking of the future. George Tanner and Max Dunne recently put pen to paper on professional contracts.

The Daily Mail also cite three academy signings made by United who were brought to Manchester with the future in mind – 16-year-old Aliou Traore from Paris Saint-Germain, 16-year-old ex-Chelsea youth Di’Shon Bernard and Arnau Puigmal from Espanyol.

Tilve is likely to have a lot of competition for his signature, but United are moving fast to ensure they lead the race for the talented South American player. Time will tell if the trial convinced United to make a move, or if Tilve has been won over by the club to seek an exit from Club Atletico Colombia de Cartagena.

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