£38m man and 17-year-old with four assists both scouted by United this weekend

Nemanja Matic

A select round-up of morning news relating to Manchester United

Manchester United’s scouts were busy at the weekend, as they reportedly kept tabs on some targets both old and new.

Portuguese newspaper A Bola reports that some of David Moyes’ staff were in attendance as Benfica beat Braga 1-0, with reported target Nemanja Matic on the score-sheet.

While other men linked with United, Ezequiel Garay and Nicolas Gaitan, were also in action, midfielder Matic has been most heavily linked with a switch to Old Trafford in recent times – for a fee in the region of £38million.

After Marouane Fellaini again struggled to impose himself during United’s disappointing draw away to Cardiff yesterday, Matic (or someone of a similar ilk) could be exactly what the reigning English champions need to stoke their title assault.

United scouts were also reportedly in attendance to watch the latest player to be dubbed the new Lionel Messi, or “mini Messi” to be precise.

The Mirror reports that both United and Liverpool staff watched Dundee United’s 17-year-old Ryan Gauld set up all his side’s goals in a 4-1 victory over Partick Thistle on Saturday.

The story claims any club interested in the player will need to part with £6million.

And finally, the BBC reports that Wayne Rooney has admitted he was at fault for a challenge on Cardiff’s Jordon Mutch that could have seen him receive his marching orders.

The striker was heavily criticised for a kick on the Bluebirds’ midfielder and Rooney later tweeted, “Just watched game back. I agree mine was bad tackle and ref dealt with it.”

But whether the referee made the right call in the level of punishment will be debated for some time to come.

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