Jack Butland ended his short spell at Manchester United on a disappointing note, as he watched his side concede avoidable goals in the FA Cup final.
The Englishman moved to United on loan from Crystal Palace in January following the departure of Martin Dubravka. Signed to act as David de Gea’s understudy, Butland didn’t make any appearance for the Red Devils, as Erik ten Hag kept his trust in his Number 1.
In United’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester City at Wembley, Butland remained on the bench. De Gea made his 58th start and delivered another underwhelming performance. While he was left stranded by his lackluster backline and the sheer brilliance of Ilkay Gundogan’s strike for the opener, the Spaniard should’ve prevented the German’s second effort from slipping into the back of the net.
Having decided against signing Butland for another season, United have stepped up their efforts to bring in a new goalkeeper. However, as things stand, De Gea is going nowhere. His current contract is set to run out on June 30, but United are in talks to hand him a new deal.
Butland, meanwhile, has signed for Rangers after Crystal Palace released him. The 30-year-old has agreed to a four-year deal. Following the announcement, the England international thanked United. He tweeted: “Disappointing to end the season like we did but this team is going places once again & everyone should be excited.”
More movements are expected in the goalkeeping department, with United thought to be in advanced talks with Nottingham Forest for Dean Henderson’s transfer on a permanent deal.
Elsewhere, Harry Maguire is attracting interest from Tottenham Hotspur. According to the Telegraph, the North London outfit’s interest in the United skipper could be seen as a potential move to keep his England teammate Harry Kane, who has been linked with Real Madrid in recent days.