​Manchester United scouts reportedly witnessed in-demand youngster ​Nicolo Zaniolo in action first hand for Italy against Armenia this week.

​The 20-year-old put in an amazing performance on the night 
by scoring twice in a 9-1 win for the Italians in Palermo.

According to Il Messaggero (via Football Italia), Manchester United sent representatives to have a look at the midfielder at the Stadio Renzo Barbera.

Meanwhile, The Red Devils have ​held talks with Roma about Chris Smalling, who is on loan with the Serie A club for the 2019/20 season and the Giallorossi are understood to be keen on making the centre-back’s move to the Italian capital permanent which could lead Manchester United to consider a possibility of including Zaniolo as part of the deal.

It is unlikely that Roma will settle for such a deal but even if he ends up costing Manchester United, Zaniolo fits the profile of young talent around which Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is trying to build his side at Old Trafford.

The Italy international has scored five goals in 16 games for the Giallorossi in all competitions this season. Zaniolo recently found the net in three consecutive league games to help push Paolo Fonseca’s side into sixth place despite a crippling injury crisis. r

AS Roma return to domestic action on Sunday with the visit of rock-bottom Brescia to the Stadio Olimpico.