Ronaldo substitute? A mysterious new striker appears in the Manchester United squad in the English Premier League

Forget Cody Jacobo and Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United fans, the Red Devils have found themselves a new striker.

Well, that’s what the Premier League website seems to suggest, anyway…

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Who is Betinho? The new striker appeared on the English Premier League website

It says the attacker has been there since 2019

It says the attacker has been there since 2019

Like a lot of Premier League teams, Man United will be looking to sign a new striker in the January transfer window – and there is already a huge wish list.

Having missed out on rivals Liverpool, the likes of Atletico Madrid striker Joao Felix, Benfica’s Portuguese rising star Goncalo Ramos, Juventus’ Duzan Vlahović and even former Red Devil Memphis Depay have been linked with moves to Old Trafford.

But it appears United fans need no longer speculate about who could replace Ronaldo and serve as an understudy for Anfield-bound Jakobow, after the Eagles supporters discovered a new player had joined their ranks.

The Premier League’s official website lists each of their 20 players, and fans have noticed that a mystery player, a Portuguese striker named Betinho, has been added to United’s squad.

He was also given the number 11 shirt, previously worn by Mason Greenwood, and the site says he has been at Old Trafford since 2019.

But with no picture of the recruit displayed on the website, no mention of him from the club or grumbling about his arrival, fans have been left scratching their heads.

Betinho's club stats page for Manchester United is rather... bare

Premier League

Betinho’s club stats page for Manchester United is rather… bare

Some tech-savvy supporters were very quick to alter Betinho's Wikipedia page...


Some tech-savvy supporters were very quick to alter Betinho’s Wikipedia page…

However, this did not prevent him from being described as the Manchester United striker on his Wikipedia page.

Upon further examination, it appears that Betinho – whose full name is Alberto Alves Coelho – is playing in the fourth tier of Portuguese football for Espinho, and has been playing since 2019.

There are no records of how he has progressed for his club this season, but last season he did appear once.

Before Espinho, Betinho played for Sporting Lisbon and even represented his country at youth level – just like Ronaldo.

Forget Ronaldo, it looks like Manchester United have found a new target man

France Press agency

Forget Ronaldo, it looks like Manchester United have found a new target man

He also had a loan spell at Brentford in the 2014/15 season, making just one appearance for them.

And the Bees link is ironic considering fans are now joking that it may be code to hide the arrival of Brentford striker Ivan Toney.

Betinho’s current contract with the Portuguese side expires in the summer – according to Transfermarkt, at least – so Man United could be stunning while the iron is hot on that…

But, quite frankly, we’re just as confused as you are!

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