As concern about David De Gea’s future at Manchester United grows, speculation of his replacement follows suit in the form of Atlético Madrid’s Jan Oblak.
David De Gea has been considered one of the world’s best goalkeepers for the past few years and, is renowned as a saviour in the red side of Manchester. In the 2017/18 Premier League season, De Gea accumulated an impressive 18 clean sheets, with only 28 goals conceded; a stark contrast to his 2018/19 Premier League season, as he only managed to keep 7 clean sheets and conceded a whopping 52 goals.
With Manchester United failing to join the elites of Europe in the Champions League next season. De Gea is rumoured to be seeking pastures new with the French giants Paris Saint-Germain, as their own goalkeeping master Gianluigi Buffon exits the side this summer. As a result, Manchester United’s reported interest in the Slovenian Jan Oblak has increased but is he the best option for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s summer rebuild?
Here are two alternatives which may solve Manchester United’s goalkeeping drama…
In the delight of Ed Woodward’s wallet, the young Sheffield United superstar goalkeeper would not have an effect, as he already plays for Manchester United.
Dean Henderson’s loan at the Championship side Sheffield United saw him gain 21 clean sheets and see his temporary team be promoted to the Premier League for the first time since 2006. However, despite an impressive season, Solskjaer says “He’s obviously won promotion with Sheffield United and that’s been fantastic for him. If he plays a year in the Premier League for them, it might be the best thing“, meaning we may see more of him after proving himself at a Premier League level.
Manchester United have reportedly shown an interest in the French side Lille’s 23-year-old goalkeeper, who kept a respectable 17 clean sheets in 42 appearances for the side who managed to finish second in the league behind PSG and above Lyon.
According to reports, Lille have quoted a transfer fee of €35million. Manchester United fans may be uncertain about entrusting a young and fairly unknown goalkeeper with the huge responsibility of being between the sticks at Old Trafford. However, this was a very similar case when a young David De Gea began to start for Manchester United at age 19.