Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes that David de Gea will be Manchester United’s first-choice goalkeeper even if Victor Valdes signs.
Spain international Valdes has been linked with a move to United after training with them over the last few weeks.
The 32-year-old is currently a free agent after leaving Barcelona at the end of last season. The Spaniard was expected to join AS Monaco in the summer transfer window, but the move fell through due to injury concerns.
Valdes has now recovered and is looking for a club, with recent reports in the British media suggesting that United will snap him up.
Carragher, a former Liverpool defender, is fascinated by this developing story, but he insists that De Gea will remain the Red Devils’ first-choice custodian.
“It’s an interesting deal and normally you don’t see two top ‘keepers at one club,” the 36-year-old told Sky Sports. “For outfield players’ psychology, they need to know who’s No 1, it gives them confidence.
“With outfield players you need competition and goalkeepers need competition as well, but you need knowledge of who is No 1. I think psychology with goalkeepers is a problem at times.
“We had (Pepe) Reina and (Jerzy) Dudek, two top class ‘keepers and one had just won the Champions League, but we all knew Pepe was the No 1.
“Valdes has had a great career at Barcelona, and Louis van Gaal obviously wants a better No 2 than what he’s got in Anders Lindegaard, and he’s gone for him, but there would be no doubt that De Gea will be No 1 goalkeeper.”
De Gea has been arguably United’s best player so far this season, and it does not make sense for manager Louis van Gaal to drop him and play Valdes instead.
However, if United do sign the former Barcelona star, then that will certainly increase competition for places and make De Gea an even better player.