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5 Goalkeepers Man Utd Should Look at to Replace De Gea


5 Goalkeepers Man Utd Should Look at to Replace De Gea

David De Gea is out of contract in the summer and although United are in talks with De Gea to extend his contract for another season, ten Hag may be looking for a new goalkeeper in the summer.

The 32-year-old has kept 14 clean sheets in the Premier League this season, more than any other goalkeeper and recently broke the record for most clean sheets for United in their League Cup final victory over Newcastle, surpassing Peter Schmeichel’s previous record of 180.

However, the Spaniard’s goalkeeping style is often regarded as outdated due to his poor ball distribution skills and lack of high claims from crosses.

Here are five goalkeepers that Man Utd has been linked with during this season.

Diogo Costa - FC Porto

Diogo Costa has been on United’s radar for some time and is still one of the favourites to replace De Gea at Old Trafford.

Costa went up the ranks in Porto’s academy and at the start of the 2021-2022 season, became Porto’s first-choice goalkeeper. The FC Porto man’s strengths are penalty saving and handling, which could play a huge part for ten Hag's side, especially in cup competition as games can go to penalties.

One of De Gea's weaknesses is his kicking ability. Not only is Costa a great shot-stopper he has received a lot of praise for his kicking ability and how calm he is under pressure with his feet.

The Portuguese international has registered 2.0 saves per game in the league making a percentage of 74%, 6% higher than De Gea's 68% and has recorded 12 clean sheets in 27 games in the league this season.

David Raya - Brentford

David Raya has played a vital part in Brentford's form this season, his performances for Brentford this season have got him a call-up to the Spanish national team ahead of De Gea.

The Bees are currently ninth in the Premier League and looking to break their highest-ever finish and point tally in the league. Raya has nine clean sheets in the league this season and has made 131 saves which are almost twice as many saves as De Gea's with 77.

The Spanish international has a save-per-game ratio of 4.2 in the league, making it a percentage score of 76%, making him the highest on the list.

Robert Sanchez - Brighton & Hove Albion

Robert Sanchez has had a great season with Brighton, who are currently 7th in the Premier League and challenging for a place in the top four, while still being in with a great chance of clinching silverware in the FA Cup.

The Spain international has kept six clean sheets in 23 games and has a save-per-game ratio of 2.1 in the league, making it a percentage score of 62%.

Sanchez signed a contract with Brighton until 2027, as Roberto De Zerbi sees him as a key player for the Seagulls. However, the former Rochdale loanee has a release clause of £57 million making him more affordable for big clubs like United to sign him this summer.

Bart Verbruggen - Anderlecht

Reports have suggested that Manchester United wants to sign 20-year-old Anderlecht goalkeeper Bart Verbruggen.

Verbruggen became Anderlecht's first-choice goalkeeper after the World Cup, and since then has produced many great performances; Including a clean sheet against Villarreal, which helped his side progress to the Europa Conference League quarter-finals.

Since being Anderlecht’s number-one goalkeeper, the Dutchman has kept 10 clean sheets and conceded 18 goals in 16 games. All of the 18 goals were scored from inside the box. Verbruggen has a save-per-game rate of 3.8 (77%). Verbruggen has the best passing accuracy on the list with 90%.

Dean Henderson - Nottingham Forest (On Loan From Man Utd)

Dean Henderson may be looking to return to Old Trafford after the arrival of former Champions League winning goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who has since replaced him as the first-choice shot-stopper for Nottingham Forest.

It has been a terrible season for Forest, who are one of the favourites to go down. Henderson has managed to keep six clean sheets in 18 games - a great effort considering the state of the defence in front of him.

Since his recent injury in January, Steve Cooper has brought in Navas to replace him and it doesn’t look likely he will play again this season, despite of his performances. Henderson has a passing accuracy of 57% this season for Forest making him the worst passer on the list, however, Cooper’s men do tend to employ a more direct style of play.

With FFP potentially playing a decisive factor in United’s transfer business this summer, this may lead ten Hag moving him on before the start of next season on a permanent deal.