“He reminds me of Cristiano Ronaldo when he was playing at Sporting Lisbon. I was shocked with his moves and signatures”- £3.5m Celtic star dazzles after surprise Manchester United scouting.

Manchester United are thought to have scouted Luis Palma earlier this year – and the winger is now in fine form for Celtic.United decided not to add another winger over the summer.

Erik ten Hag seemed pretty happy with his options out wide with Marcus Rashford, Antony, Alejandro Garnacho, Facundo Pellistri and Amad Diallo all in the mix.Jadon Sancho was a factor too, but now finds himself completely frozen out under Ten Hag.Add in Diallo’s injury woes and Antony’s struggle for form and United may just consider another wide man in 2024, potentially come next summer.

United fans may not get excited about the idea of targeting a winger in Scotland, but one player appears to be on the radar…Manchester United look at winger Luis PalmaDiez over in Honduras reported in April that United had scouted Luis Palma in action for Aris Thessaloniki against Olympiacos.The United scout was allegedly impressed with Palma as he scored in an Aris victory, but no summer move materialised.

Instead, Palma ended up signing for Celtic as the Bhoys agreed a £3.5million deal to bring the wide man to Glasgow.United may well have just felt that Palma was a talent with potential and that he was one to keep an eye on moving forward.Throwing Palma into life at Old Trafford would have been quite the step up, but maybe those United scouts will be looking at him again having dazzled for Celtic…

Palma in blistering form for CelticThe 23-year-old has now turned out eight times for Celtic in the Scottish Premiership and has already bagged four goals and five assists.Palma has also scored in the Champions League, finding the net in a 2-2 draw with Atletico Madrid in October.

Palma was at his best on Sunday, recording one goal as well as three assists in a 6-0 thrashing of Aberdeen.One of those was a simply stunning outside-of-the-foot cross right onto the head of Celtic striker Oh Hyeon-gyu.

It was a surprise to hear that United had scouted Palma during his time in Greece; it’s not often you hear of players heading straight from Greece – especially a non-Olympiacos player – to the Premier League.

Scotland to the Premier League is a little more common with the likes of Kieran Tierney, Odsonne Edouard, Kristoffer Ajer and Virgil van Dijk making the move in recent memory.Palma – hailed as ‘tremendous’ by Chris Sutton – could be next and we would expected United to be keeping close tabs on his progress.

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