Quick links

Manchester United

Spaniard to save Manchester United hassle in the transfer market?

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea appears to have the full backing of Sir Alex Ferguson.

A couple of months back, David de Gea was a man under pressure - after a half-hearted punch at White Hart Lane which sparked a dozen newspaper headlines and criticism from former Red Devil Gary Neville.

Fast forward to the present, and that's pretty much the only 'mistake' he has made since then - with a stunning display at the Bernabeu removing any doubts over his capability.

The Spaniard has now seemingly received the full backing of manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who this weekend is quoted as saying: "David is definitely our number one. He has improved a lot this season , especially the physical part of his game and can cope much better than when he arrived."

After being dropped early in the campaign by Ferguson, questions over his future were ignited, with competitor Anders Lindegaard solid if unspectacular.

It means speculation linking United with a move for Stoke's Asmir Begovic has quietened, along with any other big names.

Stoke want £15 million for Begovic, whether that be a worthwhile investment or not, if United were to ship out De Gea and buy another number one, a similar cost would be required, although any fee for De Gea could have left United evens or possibly in profit.

The upshot is that De Gea's form and backing of his boss means United are likely to be saved some hassle in the transfer market this summer.

Anders Lindegaard is certainly a possible to be moved on, as the Dane will want regular football which he is not getting at United, and a second choice will need to be purchased.

But with De Gea clearly now the established number one, United do not need to spend big, ie. £15 million on Begovic, and create further doubt in the position.

The competition between De Gea-Lindegaard actually became somewhat of a problem for United, not having a settled backline, so an experienced stopper who will accept being on the bench is required, rather than a costly and ambitious 'keeper like Stoke's Bosnian.

Who that may be is another issue, but it will be a topic lower down United's summer priority list than finding a new number one may have been, and will allow the club to get on with the more serious business this summer of strengthening in midfield, on the wing, and even acquiring another big name striker.

If United sell Lindegaard, who should they sign as number two?

image: © 3oheme

Register for MANCHESTER UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch