Manchester United scout exits early - leave Liverpool watching Dembele

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Manchester United scout Robbie Cooke was in attendance at Fulham last night – but left before target Moussa Dembele came off the bench, according to reports.

The Daily Mail claims Cooke headed for the door during the second-half, missing the 17-year-old Frenchman’s 79th minute introduction as a replacement for Darren Bent.

Dembele has been earning rave reviews in west London, attracting the attention of both the Red Devils and Liverpool with some eye-catching performances for the club’s U18s and U21s, according to The Daily Mirror in November.

And, whilst Manchester United’s scout wasn’t present for his 11-minute cameo, Reds scout Mel Johnson was still in his seat to keep an eye over the player.

David Moyes has been casting his net across Europe this week, as he looks to make a big impact at Old Trafford during the transfer window for the Premier League champions.

Things haven’t gone according to plan since he replaced Sir Alex Ferguson at the Manchester United helm, and January offers the Scot an opportunity to make his mark with a big signing.

Whilst Dembele would be one for the future, the scouting miss is another blip for the Red Devils as things go wrong on and off the pitch.

It’s a different story at Liverpool however, as they mount a genuine challenge for the title this season under Brendan Rodgers.

Again, Dembele would represent a signing for the future at Anfield if he were brought to the club, but the manager has shown on several occasions that he's happy to give youth a chance on Merseyside.

It's unclear if the teenager was the only player in the sights of both clubs, but if he was, it's only Liverpool who got a first-hand look at the player in a competitive match against Premier League opposition.

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