Manchester United keeping tabs on Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier

REVEALED: Manchester United sent goalkeeping scout Tony Coton to watch Illan Meslier at Man City after identifying the Leeds star as the best young goalkeeper in the country… only for him to concede SEVEN

  • Illan Meslier has established himself as a crucial part of Marcelo Bielsa’s side
  • The French goalkeeper signed a new long-term deal with Leeds back in August
  • Manchester United are keeping an eye on the highly-rated shot-stopper
  • They sent scouts to watch him play against Manchester City on Tuesday
  • But he had a day to forget in front of his admirers as he let in seven at the Etihad 

Manchester United sent goalkeeping scout Tony Coton to check on Leeds United’s Illan Meslier on Tuesday night – and watched him concede seven at Manchester City.

There is talk in scouting circles of United having identified the 21-year-old as the best young keeper in the country.

And we understand Coton was present at the Etihad as City recorded 31 efforts on goal in a 7-0 victory. United’s chief scout Jim Lawlor has also watched Meslier, who is now in his third season at Elland Road.

Illan Meslier had an evening to forget against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City on Tuesday 

He has been key for Leeds but let in seven in front of Manchester United scouts at the Etihad  

The Frenchman signed a new five-year contract in August as reward for an outstanding first campaign in the top-flight and was named the club’s young player of the year.

United are well stocked for goalkeepers with David de Gea in good form and Dean Henderson and Tom Heaton in reserve.

However, Sportsmail reported last month that Henderson, 24, wants to quit Old Trafford at the end of the season if he cannot reclaim No 1 spot from De Gea.

The Spaniard’s contract has 18 months to run – with the option of an extra year – but his future has been the subject of much speculation in recent seasons.

Sources say Meslier is seen as a longer-term target for United should their goalkeeping situation change in the next 12 months or so.

Meslier could be the man to replace David de Gea (above) at Old Trafford in the future

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