Liverpool fans react to seeing Philippe Coutinho ‘in Man Utd shirt’

An image of Philippe Coutinho in Manchester United colours has been labelled as wishful thinking by fans online.

A crafty picture of the Barcelona playmaker appeared on Instagram and twitter last night as excitement grows that a bid is about to be lodged.

But the mocked-up shot didn’t impress many supporters on social media with fans split about the club’s interest in the player.

One said: “He would never play for united you must be dreaming.”

Another added: “This is disgusting!”

One wrote on Instagram : “Where would he play? I’m not interested to see Martial on the bench,” while another put “Too many attacking players. Sign a CB and a full-back and leave Coutinho.”

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The Brazilian has been linked with Old Trafford this window after a year in Spain which has seen the 26-year-old unable to live up to his pricetag.

It’s been painful so far for Philippe Coutinho in Spain (Image: Alex Caparros)

Coutinho joined Barca from Liverpool last January for a fee which was set to rise to £142 million.

But he hasn’t hit the heights at the Nou Camp – and speculation suggesting he could return to England hasn’t gone away.

He looks a shadow of the player he was at Liverpool (Image: AFP/Getty Images)

Liverpool have no interest in a reunion but United haven’t commented on the stories.

Barcelona would want in excess of €100 million for the player and United reportedly made contact with Coutinho’s agent last week over his availability.

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He has fallen behind Ousmane Dembele in coach Ernesto Valverde’s Barca pecking order despite the incredible transfer fee.

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