Manchester United & Liverpool target hailed as 'unique talent'

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Manchester United and Liverpool would appear to be the frontrunners to sign Dundee United teenager Ryan Gauld, although there will surely be plenty of other teams joining the race for the midfielder's signature as the season progresses.

Gauld is being touted as Scottish Lionel Messi after a string of stunning displays during his first season as a professional, which has included five goals in 15 SPL appearances this term.

The 17-year-old's most recent outing saw him provide assists for all four of his side's goals in the weekend defeat of Partick Thistle, and Gauld's performance will have surely impressed the Manchester United and Liverpool scouts reported to be in attendance.

David Moyes and Brendan Rodgers are both claimed to have posted representatives to Tannadice, and Gauld is now being heavily linked with a £6 million transfer to either Old Trafford or Anfield.

Should either side complete a deal for the Scotland under-21 international then they will be getting a 'unique' player, according to teammate Gary Mackay-Steven, who has been impressed by Gauld's temperament as much as his talent.

"I don’t need to talk to Ryan about handling the hype because he’s not the type who lets anything get to him," Mackay-Steven told the Daily Record.

"He just quietly goes about his business and he’s a great lad to have about the dressing room as are all the young boys.

"It’s a privilege to play beside him and he was sensational on Saturday.

"He didn’t just set up four goals, he also created loads of chances. What can you say about him that hasn’t already seen said? He’s a unique talent."

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