VIDEO: Could 'Mini Messi' be the next superstar Scot for Man United?

David Moyes

Prodigiously talented 17-year-old set up all four goals in Dundee United's weekend win - in front of scouts from United, Liverpool and Everton

There's a new British superstar in the making, but this one isn't English, or even Welsh. He's Scottish, and he's already good enough to have been labelled the "Mini Messi."

He is Dundee United's Ryan Gauld, and he is making waves north of the border, to the extent that a whole raft of Premier League clubs have scouts flocking to Dundee for games.

At just 17 years old, Gauld is clearly a work in progress, but such is the interest in him, rumours of a £6 million transfer south are already well underway.

The left-footed winger, who at 5'4 1/2" really does make Messi look like a giant, would of done little to quell those rumours with a scintillating display against Partick Thistle at the weekend, setting up all four of his team's goals with some dazzling attacking play.

The Scottish under-21 cap has already made 28 appearances for the Tangerines, scoring 6 goals, and with 5 of those coming in 16 games this year, it looks like he has a big future in the game.

One of the interested clubs is Liverpool, who have a tradition of bringing players south of the border to great success. Manager Brendan Rogers would unsurprisingly be interested in a talent such as Gauld, given his history of getting the most out of young skilful players.

Manchester United, who also have a history of top class Scottish talent themselves such as Denis Law, Brian McClair, Darren Fletcher, and of course, Sir Alex Ferguson, were also rumoured to be at the game. With Glaswegian David Moyes at the helm, they could be just the club and manager to develop and introduce a young player of Gauld's huge potential to English football.

Moyes' old club Everton, as well as Newcastle United, are further interested parties, and if the young Scot continues his recent astounding form, expect the London clubs to catch wind of him too. 

image: © Jason Gulledge

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