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Eric Steele and Sir Alex Ferguson watched shot stopper...

Manchester United goalkeeper coach Eric Steele accompanied Sir Alex Ferguson to watch Atletico Madrid's David De Gea in Wednesday night's 1-1 draw with Valencia.

Ferguson missed United's 5-2 League Cup demolition of Scunthorpe United in order to scout next week's Champions League opponents Valencia. However, with Steele pictured alongside him by AS, this may not have been the only reason he made the trip to Spain.

De Gea, 19, has emerged as a rumoured target for the club as they look for replacements for veteran Edwin van der Sar. The Spain World Cup 2010 provisional squad member is one of the most highly rated young shot stoppers in Europe and could be the United No.1 for decades ahead if snapped up for a reported £12 million fee.

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