Manchester United lost at least £7.15 million on another world-class keeper

Once cut by the Red Devil’s reserves, Ron-Robert Zieler went onto become a German international.

With Edwin van der Sar’s retirement, a transition phase regarding the goalkeeper position at Manchester United began. The Red Devils obviously missed on Manuel Neuer who his playing now at a high level at Bayern Munich’s pleasure.

In the wake of transfer rumours about David de Gea they have to realise that they could have been in a more stable situation regarding their goal keeper. At least they could have been around £7.15 million richer.

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Last night’s 4-1 loss to Bayern Munich in the DFB Cup was not Ron-Robert Zieler’s best performance.

That is one way to look at it. One might came to conclusion that Bayern Munich is the best team in the world and they even got better after winning the Champions League. Therefore it should not be a failure by Hannover 96 to be just yesterday’s victim of Munich’s dominance. So it shouldn’t be Zieler’s fault either.

It is never good when a keeper picks the ball out of the net four times in a game. However analysing the game, no Munich player was really troubled by defenders in front of Ron-Robert Zieler. The national newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung thought German international striker Thomas Muller was like a free thinker with a ball. They have a point.

Other than last night it is looking pretty good for the goal keeper from Hannover. In the last three years he has made an exceptional jump.

From being cut by Manchester United Reserve to the second squad of Hannover 96 to their starting formation to the German international squad.

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One can’t help but wonder if he would have made that jump if he stayed with Manchester United, or if he would have become even better.

Maybe only a few knew the real circumstances why it didn’t work out between Zieler and Manchester United. But since the German international made such quick progress after leaving, the Red Devils and their coaching staff should get an ample portion of the blame.

In an interview released in October of 2009 Ron-Robert Zieler, who was born in Cologne in the West of Germany, still under contract to the Old Trafford club, was cited that he wants to play Bundesliga.

Talking with Sir Alex Ferguson a little while ago, Zieler then said to, the manager confirmed to him that the other goalkeepers were in front of him.

Ferguson told the young German that after legend Edwin van der Sar it should be Ben Foster‘s turn, who now plays with West Bromwich Albion, his eleventh club in his career. To take Foster over Zieler was a reasonable assessment at the time.

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But the third string goalkeeper behind Foster was Tomasz Kuszczak, who plays with second tier Brighton & Hove Albion now.

By cutting Zieler and letting him go without any kind of compensation the Red Devils not only lost the money they invested for the provided training they also lost the possible transfer fee.

Zieler’s market value now is estimated at £7.15 million. Interestingly enough it rose to £5.5 million pounds just a few months after his departure. At Hannover 96 he established himself quickly as the starting goalkeeper.

The future of Ron-Robert Zieler, whose father was a professional footballer too and is currently youth coach, is looking bright. He is Germany’s second or third best goalkeeper right now only behind Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer, whom some consider as the best in the world, and on the same level with 21-year-old Marc-Andre ter Stegen from Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Other than the devastating defeat against Bayern Munich yesterday Zieler’s Hannover 96 is in fourth place in Bundesliga and will be a contender for the top end of the league.

Still there are a lot of opportunities to shine for Ron-Robert Zieler and to show that Manchester United discarded him way too easily.

What’s your opinion on Ron-Robert Zieler? Did Manchester United make a mistake?

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