Ilias Moutha-Sebtaoui



Young keeper Ilias Moutha-Sebtaoui received his international clearance to represent the Reds in late September of 2015 after arriving in the summer.

The Belgian prospect was registered for the UEFA Youth League as the youngest of four goalkeepers and ended up making four appearances as a substitute in the Under-18 Premier League. His debut came as a substitute for injured colleague Oliver Byrne during a 3-2 defeat to Wolves. Signed from Standard Liege, the teenager caught the eye in several international tournaments and won three national titles with the Belgian outfit's junior teams ahead of his switch to Manchester. The promising stopper represented his country at the Under-17 European Championship in May 2016 with Indy Boonen also part of the squad before making more appearances than any of his competitors for the gloves at Under-18 level for United in his last season in the Academy. Kieran McKenna commented: "Ilias has been here a season and a half now. He didn't play so many games last year but, this season, he has been a big part of the side. Obviously, he's done well to settle in, coming over from Belgium, and I'd say he's a goalkeeper who likes to play with his feet, be part of the team and help to build up attacks from the back. "He sees that as a big part of his game and that's good but we're just continuing to try to push him on the goalkeeping side of it now and making sure he does really well on the fundamentals. He is having a good season so far." Moutha-Sebtaoui missed the end of the 2016/17 campaign due to injury but will hope to make his mark again this season.

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