United trial teen sensation for long-term Van der Sar replacement

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Grimsby Town goalkeeper Rob Peet has caught the attention of Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester United reports

The highly rated 18-year-old shot stopper is set for a 5-day trial at Old Trafford once the two clubs have made a formal arrangement which will see the youngster travel to the Red Devils Carrington training base.

Peet was first noticed by United scouts during Grimsby’s FA Youth Cup fourth round tie against Newcastle United where he was named man of the match despite finishing on the losing side after an extra time defeat.

He has been a regular for the Youth and Reserve teams at Grimsby and was named on the first-team bench for the clash with Histon earlier in the season.


Mariners goalkeeping coach Steve Croudson believes the promising youngster is destined for a glistening career, and couldn’t hide his delight at the opportunity that has been presented to him.

Speaking to This is Grimsby he beamed, "I'm absolutely made-up for Rob.

"You work with someone like him every day and when news comes through like this, it's fantastic. It's a great opportunity for him to go there and enjoy it first and foremost.

"How many people can say they've been to train at Manchester United; I can't and not many people can. He will go there and train with some great players and work with the goalkeepers there for a week.”

Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed he is on the lookout for a new number one after the recent announcement that Edwin Van der Sar will be hanging up his gloves at the end of the current season.

"Edwin Van der Sar is the best goalkeeper around in my opinion so for him to work with Rob is absolutely brilliant - I'm jealous of him if I'm honest," concluded Croudson.

Whilst this trial with a view to a permanent signing may be seen as one for the future, Manchester United fans can rest assured that Fergie will have his scouts trawling the market in a bid to find a first-class replacement in time for the start of the new season.

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