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La Liga star claims Manchester United scouted him

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Real Sociedad winger Antoine Griezmann has claimed Manchester United have sent scouts to watch his progress.

Speaking before Sociedad's 1-0 defeat to United at Old Trafford last night, the French under-21 international revealed that several Premier League clubs have been keeping a close watch on him in recent seasons.

"In the last few years some English clubs have looked at me and Man United is on that list but that does not influence my work," Griezmann told Sky Sports.

"I have always focused on Real Sociedad and done my best in each match."

The French-born La Liga star has made more than 140 league appearances for Real Sociedad since breaking into the first-team in 2009.

Now 22-years-old, the skilful winger was instrumental as his club qualified for the Champions League last season with an impressive fourth place league finish.

He's already scored two goals in six La Liga appearances this term, and was a bright spark against United in their Champions League defeat on Wednesday evening.

United's wingers have come in for criticism this season, with Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia well short of their best form. Nani remains a potential match-winner, but the Portugal international is often frustratingly inconsistent.

As a result, it comes as no surprise to find out that the Old Trafford club have been exploring alternatives.

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