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Who is Matej Kovar? Manchester United goalkeeper profiled ahead of Leicester City fixture

Who is Matej Kovar? Manchester United goalkeeper profiled ahead of Leicester City fixture


Manchester United completed the signing of goalkeeper Matej Kovar from FC Slovacko in the January transfer window, and the youngster was spotted with the first-team players at the Lowry Hotel ahead of tonight's opening Premier League fixture against Leicester City.

Kovar was handed the number 51 shirt as United announced their squad numbers for the 2018/19 season this morning and, with Sergio Romero out injured, was spotted along with fellow goalkeepers David de Gea and Lee Grant as they arrived at the Lowry.

But who is the latest academy hopeful looking to make a name for himself at Old Trafford ?

Here's all you need to know about the Reds' goalkeeper.

Who is Matej Kovar?

The 17-year-old Czech Republic goalkeeper joined United on deadline day in January having impressed for FC Slovako at youth level.

Kovar had impressed on trial at the club having been spotted by club scouts.

The teenager has already established himself in the Czech Republic's under-18 side and is known for his confident ball-playing ability.

Kovar also speaks English and joined United having previously also been on trial at Premier League rivals West Ham.

How did they find him?

The youngster was spotted by club scouts and invited to Carrington for a trial at the club before signing on deadline day of the January transfer window.

During his time at the training complex he met with both Jose Mourinho and Zlatan Ibrahimovic and even took a tour of Old Trafford as the club fought hard to convince him to join.

What does the future hold?

While it is difficult to gauge just how bright his future is, the club's efforts to recruit him certainly highlight his huge potential at the club.

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