Ahead of Manchester United’s Champions League clash against Valencia at Old Trafford later today, Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has identified Spain international Rodrigo as Valencia’s biggest threat.
The 27-year-old has scored just once this season but De Gea is aware of the threat he poses.
“He is a great striker,” De Gea told MUTV about Rodrigo.
“He has a very good left foot; he’s clever and powerful. They have some great players so it’s going to be a tough game.
“They like to have the ball, to press high; it’s going to be a really hard game.”
Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira spent last season on loan at Valencia and he has also warned Manchester United to watch out for Rodrigo.
“They will prepare for the game well and try to make it difficult,” Pereira said.
“Now they are in the second year together so they are used to playing with each other.
“They played all last season there like a 4-4-2 formation and they are very aggressive on the counter-attack, so I think they will try to do that against us as well.
“Maybe [they will] hold a bit back and look to score some goals on the break.
“They have a good squad and a good striker in Rodrigo, who is my friend. We should look out for him.
“He is doing very well for Spain and I’m very happy for him. David [De Gea] plays with him in the national team so he knows him well.”