Giggs makes unusual scouting trip to watch Ghanaian Majeed Waris

Ryan Giggs

Manchester United sent assistant manager Ryan Giggs to Turkey to personally run the rule over exciting Ghana international Majeed Waris.

According to reports by Istanbul-based newspaper Milliyet, Ryan Giggs flew out to Turkey last week in order to personally watch over 23-year-old attacking target Majeed Waris during Trabzonspor's Europa League match with Belgian side Lokeren.

The report also went on to state Giggs left the ground happy with what he saw in the young talent, but United could have to shell out up to £15 million to land the young attacker despite him only just signing for the Turkish side two months ago for €6 million.

Although the youngster attacker is yet to score a league goal in Turkey this season, he has earned the plaudits for his performances and has been utilised in several different positions, ranging from left-wing to the central strikers role.

A 35-minute cameo against Portugal in the World Cup is the closest the youngster has come to expanding his reputation in England, but he still remains a big scalp in France after a loan spell at Valenciennes saw him net eight goals in 14 appearances in Ligue 1.

Manchester United look seemingly keen on Waris as sending the assistant manager, who in this case just happens to be one of the most notable people in football, is considered unprecedented.

It could be construed as a show of power by United who may have looked to turn the player’s head by sending a person with the reputation of Giggs to let him, and his club know, that they mean business in the pursuit of the youngster and he isn’t just another name in the database.

However, the strength of Manchester United’s attack does throw into question why they are monitoring a relatively unknown player with such presence. A deal for the player is unlikely to be cheap, he’s not a teenager anymore and, on paper, would struggle to shift the current options Louis van Gaal has.

A strange one, but perhaps Manchester United fans should keep his name in the back of their minds just in case a deal was to ever happen.

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