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Manchester United to send scouts to watch trio of exciting talents in Portugal friendly

Manchester United scouts will be in attendance at Tuesday’s friendly between Portugal and France in Lisbon to watch three of the home team’s exciting young talents, according to The Mirror.

The Mirror reports that Bernardo Silva, Andre Gomes and Renato Sanches are all expected to start against the world’s number-one ranked side, and will have Old Trafford’s eyes on them.

The Mirror adds that all three midfielders are clients of super agent Jorge Mendes, who also serves Jose Mourinho. The sacked Chelsea boss is in line to take over at United, reports the Daily Star.

Benfica prodigy Sanches, 18, is widely regarded as one of the best teenagers in European football, while 21-year-old AS Monaco playmaker Silva could bring some much needed creativity to United’s midfield.

Gomes, 22, is a box-to-box player in the Michael Ballack mould, and has been one of the shining lights of a struggling Valencia side who are managed by Manchester United legend Gary Neville.

The Red Devils could certainly do with an injection of youthful enthusiasm in midfield. Michael Carrick and Bastian Schweinsteiger remain respected players, but are 34 and 31 years old respectively.

The Portugal v Belgium friendly was originally due to take place in Brussels last Friday, but has been rearranged for tomorrow in Lisbon due to last week’s terrorist attacks on the Belgian capital.

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