Aston Villa midfielder James Milner is a summer target for Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Times says Milner is a potential target, even though United fear it will be extremely difficult to persuade the Midlands club to sell.

Ferguson's desire for young British talent means that United will insist on being kept informed of any developments surrounding Milner, who is emerging as a key player in Fabio Capello's plans for England's World Cup campaign.