Erik ten Hag criticises ‘inconsistent’ refereeing after Manchester United draw
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Manchester United have been urged to sign Napoli sensation Khvicha Kvaratskhelia as he continues to make a seismic impact in Italy. And Erik ten Hag has even been told the Georgian winger could enjoy the same success as the late, great George Best did at Old Trafford.
Kvaratskhelia played for Dinamo Batumi in his homeland last season before signing a five-year contract with Napoli in the summer.
And he has enjoyed a phenomenal debut season for the runaway Serie A leaders, registering 13 goals and 15 assists in 28 games in all competitions.
The 22-year-old’s electric form has helped fire Napoli toward a first Scudetto in 33 years and the Champions League quarter-finals.
It has unsurprisingly sparked transfer speculation en masse, with United the latest club pushed to make a move for Kvaratskhelia.
Italy legend Christian Vieri suggested Ten Hag could bring Best reincarnated to M16 if he made Kvaratskhelia a prime summer target.
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He told Bobo TV: “The goal he scored was the stuff of madness! If he goes to Manchester United, the days of George Best will return. Kvaratskhelia is the same. I can’t wait for Wednesday to see Napoli play.”
Best is one of the most iconic figures in United’s storied history, scoring 179 goals in 470 appearances from 1963 to 1974.
The Northern Irishman received the Ballon d’Or award in 1968, the same year United lifted their first European Cup just a decade after the Munich Air Disaster.
Kvaratskhelia’s stock is only rising, with the Napoli fan base nicknaming him ‘Kvaradona’ in homage to Diego Maradona.
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He produced his most recent heroics on Saturday, firing in an unstoppable strike against Atalanta to help Napoli move 18 points clear at the Serie A summit.
Gary Lineker has been one of many former footballers to rave about Kvaratskhelia’s sublime season.
The now-Match of the Day host tweeted: “Remember the name. He’s that good that eventually, we’ll all know how to spell it.”
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