Van der Sar has decided to hang up his gloves at the end of the season after spending 6 very successful season with united where he won champions league premierships fa cup. With such an experienced and well-loved player leaving united gossip if rife with who is going to replace him as United No.1. Manchester United fans will be looking for a quick replacement as they don’t want history to repeat its self with what happened when Schmeichel left and United went through a few goalkeepers. United had some stability with Barthez but that was short-lived, and then it was a few years before Van der Sar came in. Every top Goalkeeper is being linked with United and that is no exaggeration, as if you look through the newspapers, every paper has a different player linked with Sir Alex Ferguson’s team.
“Manchester United are lining up a £20m bid for Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina, who they want as a replacement for the retiring Edwin van der Sar.” – Daily Star
“United could be looking to Lyon’s France international goalkeeper Hugo Lloris as a long-term successor to Van der Sar.” – Metro
“United are stepping up their efforts to sign Atletico Madrid keeper David De Gea after identifying the 20-year-old as the most promising young stopper in the game.” – Daily Mirror
But the Daily Telegraph are cover their bases with not one but three players, “De Gea, Netherlands’ Maarten Stekelenburg and Germany stopper Manuel Neuer make up United’s three-man shortlist.” – Daily Telegraph
So with all these names being thrown around let’s have a quick look at some of the people who are being talked about and maybe one or two that have yet to be mentioned.
Current Ajax and Netherlands No.1, taking over from Van der Sar when he retired from international duty, has been rumored with a host of European team for the last few years. Half and inch taller than Van der Sar, Stekelenburg stands at 6ft 6. it almost seems an obvious choice replacing Van der Sar with his dutch counterpart, but there are other options out there.
It’s been well reported that Sir Alex Ferguson has had his scouts watching the young goalkeeper this season, but do Manchester United want a goalkeeper for the future or for the now! De Gea has only begun his first full season at Atletico’s No.1 this season, having Ousted Sergio Asenjo half way through last season. At 20 this seems like a transfer in a few years time, but not now.
Another young goalkeeper, but more mature than De Gea at 24, has played 141 for Schalke and 15 times for Germany. Again another player that has had a lot of interest from teams across Europe, but Schalke aren’t really a selling club, as they look to build on the team they currently have.
The young French goalkeeper currently plays for Lyon but has been rumored with moves to United and Arsenal for a few seasons aswell as clubs from Spain and Italy. He and Steve Mandanda battled for the No.1 spot in the National team with Lloris seeming to have won it so far.
As just mentioned Mandanda fought but didn’t win the No.1 spot for France but is first choice keeper at Marseille where he has played 108 games. AC Milan were rumored to be interested in him as well as Man Utd, But if given the choice would United want the National No.2 or try harder for Hugo Lloris?
Now United fans may not like this, but Sir Alex Ferguson may decide to wait a season and give the chance to secure the number one spot to the two goalkeepers that are currently at the club.
At 28, Kuszczak is still a young goalkeeper, but unfortunately he has seen much time on the football pitch since his move to United. Signed primarily as a back good, he may be given the chance to prove his worth to the club but with the signing of young Andres Lindegaard this season, is that a sign of the end?
Ay 26 Lindegaard is older than most people think, but the Danish international has come to United with a chance to challenge for a first team place. Lindegaard started for United in the FA Cup game against Southampton and looked Solid, so will next season see him start as United number 1? Peter Schmeichel doesn’t think so saying he doesn’t think he is good enough to be a No.1 at United Click Here to read what Schmeichel had to say.
Maybe Peter would like to see his son at United as No.1!
Now doesn’t that form look familiar!
He may have started his career at rivals Manchester City, where he had a few good games well but was mainly put out on loan before he moved to Notts County. He signed for Leeds this season and has put in a string of good performances and at 24 is still got the years to get better. Not at the same level as Mandanda, Lloris or Neuer but given time he may well be one day.