Pedro should avoid Manchester United move, says Hristo Stoichkov

Phil Jones of Manchester United FC signals for an offside call against of Barcelona
Image: Manchester United are interested in signing Pedro from Barcelona

Barcelona great Hristo Stoichkov has urged Pedro not to join Manchester United as he feels Louis van Gaal is "destroying" the club .

The Spain international is a transfer target for United but Stoichkov feels he would be better off staying with Champions League winners Barcelona.

Stoichkov barely featured under Van Gaal when the pair worked together at the Nou Camp and he was sold by the Dutchman in 1998, bringing an end to his second spell with the club.

Hristo Stoichkov: Not a fan of Louis van Gaal
Image: Hristo Stoichkov has blasted Louis van Gaal, not for the first time

The former Bulgaria international striker was scathing about Van Gaal when asked about him by Spanish radio station Onda Cero.

"I would never be under the orders of Van Gaal," Stoichkov is reported as saying. "He's mediocre. He destroyed Barca and is destroying Man Utd.

"With what he has done to goalkeeper [Victor] Valdes he has shown he is a bad person. Hopefully Pedro listens to me and doesn't leave.

"I would never leave if I was Pedro because if he goes there he would no longer be a footballer.

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"He has spent £200m (at United) and the other day I saw his first game of the season: disastrous. He won 1-0 (against Tottenham) because of an own goal."

Luis Enrique manager of Barcelona looks on prior to the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on
Image: Luis Enrique thinks Pedro's future will be decided soon

Barcelona boss Luis Enrique hinted Pedro's future would be sorted out soon when he was asked about the transfer before the club's Super Cup final clash with Sevilla in Tbilisi.

He said: "I would like to keep all my players through the whole season. But we have talked enough about Pedro. The solution will arrive soon."

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