When you’re as big as Manchester United, you tend to have scouts all over the world trying to find the best young talent ahead of the competition.

It’s part and parcel of the game and becoming increasingly important for those looking to compete at the top end of the game.

One place which has become a regular spot for scouts is Belgium with the country a hotbed of young talent at this moment in time.

Thus, it is no surprise to discover, courtesy of Het Laatste Nieuws, that Manchester United have regularly been in the country.

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However, the interesting part is that they seem to have been focused on one club in particular, and that’s KV Mechelen. Why? To do their homework on Aster Vranckx apparently.

The 17-year-old midfielder has earned himself plenty of interest this season after breaking through to Mechelen’s first-team.

United are one of those keen according to HLN, who say they’ve been scouting the club and ‘especially’ Vranckx.

Sadly, though, they are likely to face frustration if they do elect to make a move for him. The newspaper explains the player is hoping to continue his development at the Belgium club, while a transfer is ‘not currently under discussion’ either.

Still, with Manchester United’s transfer policy now focusing on youth, Vranckx is a name to keep an eye out for in the coming months and years.