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United sign Angola striker Manucho

21 December 2007 20:08

MANCHESTER, England (AFP) - Manchester United signed Angola striker Manucho Goncalves on a three-year contract from Petro Athletico on Friday.

Manucho impressed Sir Alex Ferguson during a three-week trial after being discovered playing for his Angolan team by scouts working for United assistant manager Carlos Queiroz.

The 24-year-old, whose full name is Mateus Alberto Contreiras Goncalves, will move to England in January subject to a work permit.

Manucho, who will be part of the Angolan squad for the African Nations Cup, has scored twice in 10 appearances for his country and was top goalscorer in the Angolan league for the last two seasons.

"We have had Manucho here for a three-week trial and have been impressed enough to offer him a three-year contract," Ferguson said.

"He is a tall, agile, quick forward and, through contacts that Carlos Queiroz has, he was brought to our attention around six months ago."

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