Manchester United are being strongly tipped with a move for Asmir Begovic of Stoke City to challenge David De Gea.
David De Gea has had his best season at Manchester United so far. Sure he’s made the odd mistake but then so has any other goalkeeper in the division, his just get highlighted due to the club he plays for, his relative inexperience, and his price tag.
There is still a lot of talk that United will go after Asmir Begovic of Stoke this summer, in a deal which could be worth upwards of £15 million, meaning a direct competition between De Gea and Begovic for the number one spot.
Anders Lindegaard has been the obvious deputy to De Gea at Old Trafford this season. He’s had to make way for the Spaniard on several occasions and rumours are suggesting he has summer plans of his own.
West Ham are being linked with the United shot stopper who could jump at the chance to go and play for a side where he has a much better chance of playing regular first team football.
If that happens then United will need another back up goalkeeper and it’s the key words ‘back up’ which could put Begovic off from any potential move to Old Trafford.
He does not seem like the sort of goalkeeper who would want to move to a club and be the deputy to someone who is much younger than he is and has far less experience than he does. But then again UNited are unlikely to spend £15 million on just a 'back-up'.
So Sir Alex is obviously keen on what the Bosnian can bring to the table United which De Gea can't. Begovic is a top quality ‘keeper who offers United something they don’t have in De Gea; an imposing presence and vocal leadership.
The one justified criticism of De Gea which still applies today is the fact he doesn’t command his penalty area in the way the club has come to expect from the likes of Peter Schmeichel and Edwin van der Saar.
If he can work on that side of his game, develop it and make it bullet proof then he could be the United number one for the rest of his career.
However, if Begovic is purchased this summer, regardless of his price, his position and place in the team could be under threat for the very simple reason that he’s not loud enough inside his own penalty area.
United have a decent back up goalkeeper in Ben Amos if Lindegaard does leave the club this summer, but the arrival of Begovic has the ability to make De Gea fine tune his game, as he could quickly be out of favour if he makes the few mistakes he has made this season.
United fans, what do you think?
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