Manchester United are closely monitoring the progress of talented Crewe youngster Nick Powell, according to the Daily Telegraph.
The 18-year-old was recently awarded the Football League's Apprentice of the Year prize for his performances at the Alexandra Stadium, and has caught the eye of a number of Premier League clubs, including United and Arsenal.
Sir Alex Ferguson has been among the scouts who have flocked to Crewe to watch Powell shine this season, and the United boss was in the crowd as Crewe took on Aldershot last weekend.
Powell has scored 15 goals this season from an attacking midfield position, in a Crewe side that has reached the League Two play-offs.
The England under-18's player is the latest in a long line of graduates from Crewe's prolific youth academy, and has also attracted interest from Everton and Tottenham Hotspur in recent weeks.
Ferguson is thought to be keen to add youth to a squad which has relied up older players in recent seasons but United are struggling to hold on to their top young talent.
Ravel Morrison moved to West Ham in the transfer window after numerous off-the-field problems and the Old Trafford side now face a battle to stop Paul Pogba joining Juventus.
Should Ferguson move for Powell, Crewe would most likely demand a fee of around £2.5m for an 18-year-old who has already clocked up 55 league appearances for the League Two club.
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