The return of the Champions League brings a wealth of exciting talent into the global spotlight - and the shop window for Europe's elite clubs. Reds fan Amir Rashid picks five young players he'd like Sir Alex's scouts to keep a close eye on...
Sergio Aguero Atletico Madrid Forward
I think Aguero is the kind of star that would shine at Old Trafford. Even at 21, he's one of the most coveted forwards in world football. Tricky, pacey and strong, especially for someone who stands at 5 feet 7 inches. The son-in-law of Diego Maradona, he's established himself in the Argentina team and been linked with Chelsea and United. After we missed out on Karim Benzema, Aguero is the type of striker that could form a lethal partnership alongside Wayne Rooney. He'll almost certainly be available next summer and should he impress in the Champions League again this season, he'll surely attract similar admirers.
Yoann Gourcuff Bordeaux Midfielder
Milan recognised this special talent when they bought him from Rennes aged 19. Unable to settle and lacking first-team opportunities in Italy, he was loaned to Bordeaux where ex-Red defender Laurent Blanc gave him the role he desired in central midfield. The young Frenchman, who naturally has drawn comparisons with Zinedine Zidane, then led the French side to their first league championship in 10 years. The defining moment of his season was a beautifully-crafted goal against PSG - he pirouetted past the oncoming defender before knocking it past another and blasting the ball into the net. Milan reportedly regret their decision to install a £12million release clause in the loan contract and sent a delegation to convince the midfield ace to stay with them. This is a big season for Gourcuff who is now 23 and he could well provide the goalscoring midfielder United crave since Paul Scholes retreated to playmaking duties.
Edin Džeko Wolfsburg Forward
Tall, strong and a deadly finisher, Džeko is the type of striker we haven’t had since Ruud departed for Real Madrid. He banged in 26 goals for Wolfsburg last season - a tally of 54 for his partnership with Brazilian striker Grafite set a new Bundesliga record. Džeko's strike rate at international level for Bosnia, 12 goals in 18 appearances, shows he is a player that few can ignore and he was said to be very close to joining Milan this summer. With Wolfsburg among United's Group B opponents, United fans and staff will get a great opportunity to assess one of Europe’s most promising predators.