Manchester United goalkeeping hero Edwin van der Sar backs Sam Johnstone to start

Van Der Sar

The English 22-year-old is in line for a potential start against Tottenham Hotspur today.

Manchester United face something of a selection dilemma today, as they get set to face Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League opener.

It comes after Spanish international David De Gea was ruled out of the game by Louis van Gaal, who says the player’s mind is not in the right place.

It comes amid heavy interest from Spanish side Real Madrid who want De Gea to replace Iker Casillas – who joined FC Porto this summer.

The goalkeeper race for today then would appear to be down to two players. Firstly, there is Anders Lindegaard. The Danish stopper is the long-term backup at the club and would love to get a chance today.

Then there is new signing Sergio Romero. The Argentine international arrived on a free transfer from Sampdoria this summer and has impressed in training.

Victor Valdes is also on the books, but he is out of favour at the club.

But one United ‘keeping legend does not feel that these two will make the starting XI.

Instead, Edwin van der Sar believes youngster Sam Johnstone is the man to get the nod – sending this Tweet:

Johnstone spent half of last season impressing at Preston North End and is an England youth international with plenty of potential.

Van Gaal, who in the past has given young stoppers like Valdes a chance, is reportedly said to be considering a move to play the 22-year-old today, in what would be one of the biggest shocks of the opening day.

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