Manchester United monitoring Middlesbrough defender Dael Fry – report

by Leo Nieboer

Manchester United have been closely monitoring the progress of Middlesbrough defender Dael Fry following the 20-year-old’s impressive start to the season, according to reports.

The youngster spent the 2016/17 campaign on loan at Championship side Rotherham, making 12 appearances in total as Middlesbrough suffered relegation from the Premier League.

New boss Garry Monk has placed Fry at the forefront of his plans at the Riverside, with the Englishman – part of the World Cup winning Under 20 side of last summer – making nine appearances in the Championship so far this season.

And according to the Mail Online‘s Simon Jones, Man United, along with Chelsea, Leicester City and Everton, are closely observing his situation.

Anybody who thrives in the Championship deserves recognition. We cannot consider England’s second division to be little more than a muddy game of kick and rush. It is frantic, physically sapping, 42 games long and, more often than not, dramatic right up to the final day.

And Fry has demonstrated in recent weeks a capacity to take all of that in his stride and produce combative, intelligent displays at the back. He will only develop further under the tutelage of Monk and Mourinho, in turn, ought to keep a close eye on his progress this season.

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