By Wayne Veysey

21st Mar, 2017 | 9:01pm

Leeds emerging star drops Twitter hint that Manchester United switch all but done

By Alex Stevens

Leeds goalkeeper Theo Richardson is close to completing a transfer to Manchester United after making his debut for the club, it has been confirmed.

Richardson, 18, was named in the United side for the first time in their 2-2 Premier League Under-18 draw against Manchester City on Saturday morning.

The official United website reported that the Leeds academy player was “kept extremely busy” in the entertaining encounter and “had a splendid match”.

Richardson then took to his personal Twitter account to hail what he felt was a “good debut” for Leeds’ rivals and claimed that “the boys were class”.

He suggested that he had all but secured a permanent transfer by stating on Twitter “on to the next one”, followed by a series of question marks.

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Richardson’s place in the United team shows he is being closely assessed by the Premier League giants ahead of a possible transfer.

It comes after the unofficial Leeds United Academy Twitter account claimed that the Elland Road second-year scholar was undergoing a trial at Old Trafford.

The same account had reported at the start of the month that Richardson has been told by Leeds he will not be handed a professional contract when his scholarship comes to an end in the summer.

United appear to have seized upon the unexpected availability of Richardson, 18, who has been been in Leeds’ Under-18s side this season, which is managed by Andy Gray and Mark Jackson.

It is common for trials to be handed to emerging players with a view to earning a contract and another former Leeds academy player Frank Mulhern, 19, underwent a trial at Huddersfield last month before sealing a transfer to the Championship rivals.

Richardson will hope to make a similarly short move as he aims to bounce back from the disappointment of not getting a new contract at Leeds.

The Leeds senior side have a two-week break between matches following their notable 2-0 Championship win over Brighton last Saturday.

Garry Monk’s team are next in action on Saturday of next week when they take on another promotion rival, with a trip to fifth-placed Reading.

In other Leeds transfer news, the club are to pounce and re-sign a 23-year-old after a £10million transfer is all but sealed.

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