The 21-year-old has a breakout campaign in his debut Premier League season, scoring 6 goals and assisting twice in a struggling Canaries side.
Cantwell is reportedly worth around £30m and with the winter transfer market open, clubs of such high calibre and financial power will easily be able to fund a move for him.
The England Under-21 international’s goal tally for Norwich has only been bettered by Teemu Pukki who has is on 9 goals having been on a hot streak in the first couple of games in the season.
Their partnership has been sensational at times but hasn’t been enough to help Daniel Farke’s side get out of bottom place in the league.
Manchester United have added Cantwell to their transfer targets with their midfield injuries to key players in Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay.
The Red Devils have been struggling for creativity in midfield and the youngster can help become a solution for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
However, Cantwell has been playing most of his games at left midfield indicating that he could also be signed as a potential back-up to star player and fan-favourite Marcus Rashford.
Cantwell fits in well with Manchester United’s new transfer policy of buying young and up-and-coming English talents as exhibited by their recent signings in Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
With Norwich being deep in the relegation zone and Cantwell on a contract till 2022, Farke and the board will be trying to keep their young star at the club until the end of the season at the very least.
With that being said, United also have the likes of Leicester City’s James Maddison, Newcastle’s Sean Longstaff and Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish on their shortlist in case.
These three players will however undoubtedly cost more for Manchester United considering the heavy interest in those English talents.
Solskjaer’s side are coming on the back of a 2-0 defeat to an inspired Arsenal side but are still in a strong position to qualify for the Champions League next season.
The Red Devils are sitting in 5th place in the Premier League and are 5 points of 4th placed Chelsea who are in poor form.