The 16-year-old is in a stable conditions after being found with stab wounds just before 4.30pm on Church Street in the city centre. Police have yet to make any arrests and a cordon is in place following the incident. North West Ambulance Service said it attended the scene at 4.21pm and took a person to hospital, but would not confirm any further details.
Greater Manchester Police said: “Around 16:24pm, officers responded to reports of a stabbing on Church Street, a 16-year-old boy was taken to hospital with multiple stab wounds.
“He remains there in a stable condition.
“A cordon is in place. No arrests have been made.”
Greater Manchester Police detective inspector Jen Tattersall said: “This is an awful incident, which has left a teenage boy in hospital and my thoughts are with him as he receives treatment.
“I understand that this incident and a large police presence in the city centre is likely to cause concern among members of the public.
“However, I would like to reassure those worried that we believe this to be an isolated incident.
“This happened in a busy part of town and at a busy time of the day, and as such, there are bound to have been witnesses.”
The Ardale Centre had confirmed to the Manchester Evening News that a “serious incident” is being investigated.
A spokesperson for Manchester Arndale commented: “We can confirm that a serious incident took place outside the centre this afternoon.
“The incident is currently under police investigation and we are unable to comment further.”
Tess Page, who lives on the same street where the injured teenage boy was found, told the Manchester Evening News there was a “massive police presence”.