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De Gea, Lindegaard, Given…or none of them?

Is there a decent k

eeper anywhere who has not been linked with Manchester United in the last few months? That’s obviously a gross exaggeration but there are times when it appears that way. There were plenty of headlines just a couple of weeks ago when manager Sir Alex Ferguson decided to give the Carling Cup tie against Scunthorpe a miss, preferring instead to visit Spain with goalkeeper coach Eric Steele instead to scout Athletico Madrid’s David De Gea. That interest now appears to have cooled off with attention turning to Denmark international Anders Lindegaard instead.

Steele travelled to Norway this week to watch Lindegaard in action for Aalesunds against Stabaeck. His team lost 2-1 but the 26 year old received praise for his performance. It was apparently the fifth time that Steele has been to see Lindegaard and it’s understood that United have also made preliminary contact with Aalesunds. Ferguson is considering him to take over in goal from 39 year old Edwin van der Sar if the veteran announces his retirement at the end of the season as is widely expected.

Even Manchester City’s unsettled Shay Given has been mentioned as a possible loan target but having rejected Arsenal’s approach for a similar deal, it’s highly unlikely that Eastlands boss Roberto Mancini will authorize a cross town move for the keeper.

Meanwhile, Steele appears set to continue travelling all over Britain and Europe watching possible contenders until Ferguson settles on the chosen one.

Who should Ferguson finally settle on?

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  1. Thomas Campbell says:

    If I had to make a choice it would come down to picking between De Gea and Steklenberg (who was not mentioned for some unknown reason). I haven’t seen De Gea play yet but everything I read about the youngster has been good, he’s always being compared to Van Der Sar, his age 19 is probably the only factor in not picking him, he might be to young to handle being at such a big club. Steklenberg has done nothing but impress me between the sticks. He replaced Van Der Sar at the international level and I believe he would have no problem sliding in at United, he is just the right age at 27 to be mature enough for the job. He has proven he can handle the pressure at the highest level, I believe he was by far the best keeper in the World Cup. What do ya think people, have we got a winner?

  2. Frank says:

    That’s a fair call Thomas. Steklenberg has also been linked with United in the past – along with many others, but the latest reports suggest De Gea, Lindegaard and Given are the ones in the spotlight. For all we know van der Sar may decide to go round again next season in which case it could be difficult to keep someone like Steklenberg satisfied with being on the bench. De Gea on the other hand knows that at his age there’s plenty of time ahead. His biggest positive is that if he develops as expected United will not experience any goalkeeper problems for years to come.

  3. herbie simms says:

    There are two keepers going to United. Van de Sar is retiring and Kuszczak is going to another club. United will buy one world class experienced goalkeeper to replace Van de Sar and 19 year old David de Gea will replace Kuszczak. That will take care of their goalkeeping problems for years.

  4. Frank says:

    You make a lot of sense herbie. The only problem is that I cannot see how a “world class experienced goalkeeper” will be prepared to sit on the bench waiting for van der Sar to make hang up his gloves. For all we know, the Dutchman may decide to continue for another season.

  5. RealMancsAreRed says:

    I take none of them, none are proven at the highest level…given is crap, just terrible, the dutch lad was unknown till the WC and aint tested outside dutch football, while de gae is an over-rated kid who needs to prove himself over a time scale 1st, not 1 f’n season…none of them could handle the pressure of being our number.1 and prob end up like taibi, carroll, foster, walsh, pilkington…kuszczak deserves a chance to fill the gloves after all he has a proven track record at Utd, even as back up to va

  6. RealMancsAreRed says:

    The danish lad aint proven outside denmark and quite frankly, might not even be able to handle a top class lge on a weekly bases…Utd will quite clearly give tomasz the nod first to see how the great pole fairs as number1, what makes you think he looking for a new num.1…maybe he looking for a understudy to kuszczak with amos still only a kid, the club has stated only recently this summer how they have faith in the excellent abilities of tomasz.

  7. Frank says:

    @RealMancsAreRed, I really love your loyalty towards Kuszczak mate, if only every fan could be just as loyal to every United player. I also have a lot of respect for Kuszczak but he’s in a difficult position. Ferguson has made it clear that he’s on the lookout for another keeper to replace van der Sar so it leaves Kuszczak with little option but to look elsewhere – and he has admitted just last week that it’s what he plans to do. It has to be difficult for any player in his situation but especially so for a keeper. Not all that different to the dilemma faced by Ben Foster before he made his decision!

  8. TopRed says:

    Manuel Neuer. He’ll be a legend at United.

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