According to The Daily Mail, Premier League giants Manchester United are interested in Middlesbrough and England under-20 international Marcus Tavernier.

The report in the national newspaper claims Manchester United scouts were sent to watch Middlesbrough midfielder Marcus Tavernier in recent weeks, and are interested in signing the 19-year old.

The Boro youngster can play in numerous positions, but has been utilised in a central attacking midfield role and out wide throughout the season so far under manager Tony Pulis. He has impressed so far this campaign, scoring twice in seven appearances in the Championship.

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Tavernier broke into the team under previous manager Garry Monk, but was loaned out in January when Tony Pulis took over at the club. Since his loan spell at MK Dons, he has been in and around the Middlesbrough first team, and Pulis’ risk of giving the teenager his first start paid off, as he scored what turned out to be the winning goal against Brentford at Griffin Park.

The following game against Preston Tavernier will have felt hard done by not to start, but scored the equaliser from the bench away at Deepdale.

It is easy to see why the midfielder is attracting attention from one of the Europe’s top clubs, but given his tender age, he is likely to link up with the Red Devils’ under-23’s side before making a break into the first team.

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This is turning out to be a breakthrough 12 months for Tavernier, who also was invited to train with the England first team in September under Gareth Southgate.

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