Manchester United hierarchy considering late swoop for relegated Championship goalkeeper


    Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag and David de Gea
    Erik ten Hag wants a new No.2 to compete with David de Gea (Pictures: Getty)

    Manchester United are continuing their search for a new goalkeeper to provide cover and competition for David de Gea and are even eyeing a Championship shot-stopper as a last resort, according to reports.

    The Spaniard has had a shaky start to the new Premier League season and effectively gifted two goals to Brentford in last week’s 4-0 drubbing, letting a tame, long-range shot squirm through his hands for the opener.

    There are also significant question marks over how well suited De Gea is to manager Erik ten Hag’s style of football, with the 31-year-old lacking some of the ball-playing skills of many of his goalkeeping peers.

    With Dean Henderson having been loaned out, United are now scrambling to bring in a new backup goalkeeper who is more capable with the ball at his feet and can keep De Gea on his toes.

    The Red Devils’ hierarchy have already approached Borussia Monchengladbach’s experienced goalkeeper Yann Sommer, who only has one year left on his contract.

    United actually sent scouts to watch the Switzerland international against Hertha Berlin on Friday night, where he kept a clean sheet, though he is believed to have some reservations about being a No.2 in a World Cup year.

    Now The Sun are claiming that United’s hierarchy are in such a panic looking for a new backup keeper that they are even considering Norwich City’s Tim Krul as a potential solution.

    Manchester United interested in Tim Krul
    Krul remains part of the Netherlands international squad (Picture: Getty)

    The 34-year-old was relegated from the Premier League last season and would jump at the opportunity to move to Old Trafford, though he is contracted to Norwich until 2024.

    Krul – who remains the Canaries’ number one choice between the sticks – would actually count as homegrown, having first moved to Newcastle as a teenager in 2005.

    Another player United are thought to be considering is Watford’s Daniel Bachmann, who again would count as homegrown, though the Hornets are unlikely to let him leave without receiving a sizeable fee – particularly with Ben Foster having already left this summer.

    Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano also claims United are one of several clubs looking at Benfica goalkeeper Odysseas Vlachodimos, but he is considered a key player and would command a big fee.

    A move for Vlachodimos would be less a No.2 and more a genuine rival for De Gea, but United legend Wayne Rooney believes that may be exactly what the club need if they are going to play the style of football Ten Hag wants.

    ‘Maybe long term Ten Hag will think about his goalkeeping position. David de Gea has been a great keeper for United, and he is OK with his feet, but he is not a keeper who is going to dominate games, like Alisson for Liverpool or Ederson for City,’ he wrote in his column for The Times.

    ‘A lot of the game goes through the goalkeeper these days and managers have to decide what type of player they want in the position — I had that issue at Derby County last season.’

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