It’s no secret that Manchester United desperately need a new goalkeeper. That’s no slight against Edwin van der Sar, but he does turn 40 this month, and Tomasz Kuszczak isn’t good enough to be first choice at Old Trafford.
The latest keeper on Fergie’s radar is Manuel Neuer, of Shalke. Only, he’s not the latest, because he’s been linked with United for ages now. But Neuer has expressed dissatisfaction with Shalke’s performances of late, with the club lying second from bottom in the Bundesliga, which is bound to fuel rumours of a move away from the club:
“I am not comfortable with the current situation at Schalke. I hope we can turn the corner and get back on track. My contract runs until 2012. And I have always made it clear that I would play this season for Schalke. As for the future, we will see. I want to be playing in European competition next year.”
Ferguson could face competition, however, from Bayern Munich, and Neuer may feel more comfortable staying in his native Germany. And as one of the highest-rated keepers in Europe, he’d hardly come cheap, and United aren’t exactly a free-spending force these days, despite the fact that the Glazers have definitely had absolutely no impact on United’s transfer policy whatsoever.
A cheaper option might be Anders Lindegaard, of Norwegian side Aalesund. Eric Steele, United’s goalkeeping coach, watched their 2-1 loss against Stabaek on Sunday, and United are thought to be keeping a close eye on the Dane (yes, he’s Danish, so if he winds up anywhere near Old Trafford, expect lots of Schmeichel comparisons, regardless of playing style). Lindegaard played down Steele’s presence at the game, coolly stating “maybe he was here to see [Stabaek goalkeeper Jon] Knudsen”.
United certainly need a new stopper, but I imagine it’d be something to look out for next summer rather than in January. So sit tight, and watch this space.
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