Erik ten Hag and Manchester United goalkeepers find themselves in a tricky spot, with the club’s hierarchy yet to resolve the goalkeeping conundrum.
In less than 48 hours, David de Gea will become a free agent, but there are no concrete suggestions from both United or the player’s entourage that he’s leaving Old Trafford this summer. Some decision-makers at United still want to keep the Spaniard and he’s also open to continuing in Manchester. Though terms over an extension are yet to be agreed by both parties.
It is now being claimed by the Telegraph that United have decided to withdraw their contract proposal to the 32-year-old. Further, Ten Hag has also taken another bold decision concerning the goalkeeping department.
Manchester United boss blocks Tom Heaton’s transfer
Newly promoted Luton Town tried to sign Tom Heaton and were prepared to make the 37-year-old their Number 1, with Rob Edwards keen on adding some Premier League experience to his squad.
However, it’s being claimed that Ten Hag has blocked the move and told Heaton he will not be allowed to leave the club this summer.
During his two seasons at United, the Englishman, who joined the club on a free transfer from Burnley, only made three first-team appearances. Accordingly, he asked the club to let him join Luton so that he can be a Premier League regular. But United have decided to keep him considering their precarious situation between the sticks. Earlier this month they exercised the option to extend his stay at the club for a third season.
Last season’s second-choice goalkeeper Jack Butland departed early this month following the end of his six-month loan stint. Dean Henderson has returned to United from Nottingham Forest but he underwent surgery after sustaining a thigh injury in January and there’s no guarantee he’ll be ready to start in the coming weeks.
With De Gea also likely to leave, United face the prospect of going into the new season with Heaton as their No 1.