Benfica fight to stop star youngsters signing for Manchester United

Joao Filipe and Joao Virginia are two youngsters from the Benfica youth system who arrived with much fanfare at Manchester United this week. The two are on trial and Manchester United apparently beat off tough competition to get them at the club for a look around.

Filipe is an attacking player and being Portuguese, good and young, he's inevitably been labelled the 'next Ronaldo'. There is an army of little Ronaldos if the media are to be believed, similar to when any exciting youth product at Manchester United was dubbed the heir to Ryan Giggs. Virginia has fortunately been spared from being labelled the next Ronaldo, but probably only because he's a goalkeeper.

Benfica aren't entirely thrilled about the situation, say O Jogo. Both of the footballers are 15 and without a professional contract, which neither have, there's not a lot which could be done to stop them moving elsewhere. The Portuguese club would be due training compensation but that's it.

Therefore there are efforts coming from Benfica to lay out long term contracts for both players. The moves could be too late from Benfica but they'll hope Filipe and Virginia prefer to learn their trade in Lisbon rather than at Carrington.

If Manchester United manage to impress the youngsters, and they play well whilst on trial, then Benfica are going to find it hard to keep them in their youth set-up.

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