MANCHESTER UNITED target Frenkie de Jong and new boy Robert Lewandowski stole the show as Barcelona romped to a 6-0 rout over Pumas UNAM.
United have been hot on De Jong’s heels all summer although he’s reportedly reluctant to make the switch to Old Trafford.
FC Barcelona, @_GS_3Frenkie de Jong picked up the ball in his own half before embarking on a mazy run in Barcelona’s 6-0 rout over Pumas UNAM[/caption]
FC Barcelona, @_GS_3The midfielder then split the opposition defence with a scintillating pass which his team-mates failed to capitalise on[/caption]
Robert Lewandowski also scored on his home debut, and provided two assistsRex
But De Jong’s resistance hasn’t deterred the Red Devils who hope to cajole the midfielder into a move by offering him a contract worth £450,000-a-week.
And it was clear to see why United are prepared to make him the club’s highest-paid player as he shone at the Nou Camp on Sunday night.
Footage from the clash shows the Dutch ace send former team-mate Dani Alves the wrong way before charging into enemy territory from his own half – leaving a slew of opponents behind with his blistering pace.
He then split the defence in two with a mesmerising pass that should’ve resulted in a goal.
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Not that it mattered anyway as Barca were already 5-0 up at that point.
De Jong then put the game to bed in the 84th minute, and his display left United fans lamenting on Twitter about how they need him after witnessing their team crumble to Brighton.
However, De Jong wasn’t the only star on fire for Barca.
It was Lewandowski’s first appearance at the Nou Camp since completing his summer move from Bayern Munich – and it’s safe to say he wasn’t phased by the occasion.
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The 33-year-old opened the scoring after just three minutes in style when he rounded Puma’s keeper before curling the ball into the net from the tightest of angles.
The striker then turned provider when he sumptuously served Pedri with deft through balls twice.
Lewandowski’s second assist was a thing of beauty as he cheekily back-heeled the ball into the incoming Pedri’s path who went on a brief run before slotting home.
However, Barca are going to have to make some cuts to their squad in order to register Lewandowski, plus fellow new signings Jules Kounde and Raphinha.
Reports claim LaLiga have issued Barca the ultimatum ahead of the new season to reduce the club’s crippling debt load.