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Manchester United must buy a new goalkeeper to be title challengers, says Gary Neville


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been encouraged to make a signing (Picture: Visionhaus)

Gary Neville believes Manchester United should be looking to sign a new, world class goalkeeper in the summer if they want to be challenging for the Premier League title next season.

The Red Devils are fighting to stay in the title race this year, but are struggling to hang onto the coattails of Manchester City who are in fine form at the top of the table.

Neville does not think his old club are far away from mounting a serious title challenge, but asked which position he would upgrade if possible to boost their chances, he immediately looked at the goalkeeper.

The former United and England defender feels David De Gea is past his best and is not convinced Dean Henderson is good enough to step in as the number one.

The Sky Sports pundit is convinced that a Premier League-winning side needs a top class goalkeeper, which he does not see at Old Trafford at the moment.

‘Your goalkeeper, to win a league, has got to be exceptional,’ Neville told Webby and O’Neill. ‘I said three or four years ago at the time, Jurgen Klopp took me on publicly, but you’re not going to win a league with [former Liverpool goalkeepers Loris] Karius and [Simon] Mignolet.

‘That’s not to say they’re not good goalkeepers, or decent goalkeepers, but which team do you know that wins a league…there might be the odd one, but they usually have great goalkeepers, or goalkeepers that have had a great season.

‘Ederson is a great goalkeeper, Petr Cech, Schmeichel, Van der Sar, even Kasper Schmeichel for Leicester, David Seaman, Alisson, you’ve got to have a great goalkeeper.

Gary Neville is not sure David De Gea or Dean Henderson is the right answer for Man Utd (Picture: Getty Images)

‘We’ve got to start asking questions about David De Gea because the mistakes are coming more regularly now and they cost points. The game winning saves, the one-on-one saves are coming less, in my opinion. I think that has to be a question that Ole has to answer.

‘Then there’s the question of Henderson, are we saying that Henderson is going to be the number one for Manchester United?

‘Honestly, if you want to win the league…If Pep Guardiola or Klopp came into Man Utd, they’d bring a new goalkeeper in.’

Neville thinks there is an argument to suggest throwing Henderson into the Premier League team for the rest of this season to test his mettle, but De Gea deserves the chance to prove that he is still capable of performing well enough to keep the gloves.

‘I would say at this moment in time, I wouldn’t leave David De Gea out for the rest of the season, I’d keep him in,’ Neville continued.

‘Although there is a point to say, do you find out if Henderson is top notch in the next three months?

‘I think David De Gea deserves to finish this season as number one and prove that he can get back to the level he was at before.’


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