Ten Hag interested in another Dutch star – he could replace struggling Man Utd player

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Manchester United have been linked with several Dutch names during Erik ten Hag’s reign REUTERS/Toussaint Kluiters.

Manchester United are reportedly monitoring Dutch goalkeeper Bart Verbruggen, with David de Gea not certain to remain the club’s No 1 next season.

The Spaniard is leading the race for the Golden Glove with 15 clean sheets to his name so far this season. But during the same period, no Premier League player has made more errors leading to a goal in all competitions than the 32-year-old (4).

The same contrast could also be seen in United’s decision-making. De Gea’s current contract is set to run down in June, providing the club an opportunity to strengthen the goal-keeping position without any risk of disrupting squad harmony.

However, decision-makers at Carrington want to keep the veteran and are in talks with him over a new deal. Interestingly, United are not willing to give De Gea any assurances concerning his role under Erik ten Hag beyond this season.

It is understood, the Premier League giants are looking for a new shot-stopper to challenge the Spain international, whose shaky performance against West Ham last weekend led to United’s defeat, and brought back concerns of missing out on Champions League football.

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According to the Manchester Evening News, United are interested in Verbruggen, who received his maiden call-up to the Netherlands squad earlier this year. The 20-year-old currently plays for Anderlecht.

With only 31 appearances under his belt for the Belgian club, Verbruggen lacks the experience to stand between the sticks at Old Trafford from the get-go, but it seems he’s rated by the United boss, who has ‘favoured’ signings developed in the Netherlands during his short-spell in Manchester.

Five of United’s seven outfield signings under the former Ajax manager have played in Dutch football.