Brazil Beat Bolivia/Longstaff to United

The Copa America started in the early hours of this morning. A Brazil team without star man Neymar took on Bolivia in front of their home crowd. You wouldn't have thought they were home fans though, as they booed of the Brazilians at half time after a goalless 45 minutes. However, a Phillipe Coutinho double in the second half dragged Brazil over the line, with Everton scoring the third. Brazil have the whole weight of the nation on their shoulders and as a result, this a huge tournament for them - and manager Tite. But in need of someone to fill the boots of Neymar, Coutinho might be that man. Let's not get the facts wrong: Coutinho is superb little player and just because he's having a hard time at Barcelona shouldn't change anything. In a team where all the ball and creativity revolves around Messi, it has been difficult for him to make a impact at the club. However, regardless of this, he's still a quality player and if he is to leave the Catalan side this summer, he would improve any side. It would be great to see him back in the Premier League.

According to reports, United are confident of securing the transfer of Longstaff from Newcastle. Inspiring stuff. First James now Longstaff. The fans must be thrilled. After a terrible season finishing 6th, these are the moves they're making to get themselves back to the big time. It's telling of what United have become. Once an attraction for any player in Europe, they are now a team managed by Solskjaer and unable to pull any big players to the club. How the mighty have fallen. I'm all for looking to the future, but your team is weak NOW. Buy youngsters but also some top, proven players to make the difference next season.

Pretty quiet news day apart from those stories. I'll be back tomorrow to reflect on more Copa America and transfer stories.

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