Old Trafford boss scouts Colombian.
Man United are reportedly monitoring FC Porto youngster James Rodriguez ahead of a possible summer move for the talented young Colombian attacker. Sir Alex Ferguson has had scouts run the rule over the young winger this season and had representatives at the Etihad Stadium to see the 20 year old in Europa League action against Man City.
Rodriguez is considered by many to be one of the hottest prospects in world football and the former Banfield man has certainly wasted no time in adapting to life in Europe, becoming an instant success since his move to FC Porto in the summer of 2010.
Whilst Porto have struggled to retain the form they showed last term, when Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas led the Portuguese club to an impressive treble of domestic league and cup triumphs as well as a Europa League trophy, Rodriguez has gone from strength to strength and has notched up nine goals and five assists in 13 league outings this term.
Though the youngster plays primarily in a wide role he is also on occasion used in a more orthodox striking role and he has impressed Ferguson sufficiently enough to have him taking a very close look at his progress this term.
Sir Alex Ferguson has adopted a youthful transfer policy over the past couple of years, preferring to bring in up and coming talent over the purchasing of established stars. This approach has been very fruitful for the Old Trafford boss as he has seen the likes of Javier Hernandez, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones make an instant impact in the Man United first team set-up.
Rodriguez is a speedy intelligent attacking weapon who has served FC Porto well over the past 18 months. This has led to many in Portugual to compare his style of play to that of a certain Cristiano Ronaldo.