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Manchester United are looking at Bundesliga duo Manuel Neuer and Rene Adler as possible replacements for Edwin Van Der Sar.

Neuer, 24, caught the eye during last year's World Cup in South Africa as he stood in 26-year-old Adler, who missed the tournament through injury.

The goalkeepers squared up last Sunday as Neuer's Schalke were beaten by Adler's Bayer Leverkusen, with United's goalkeeping coach, Eric Steele, in attendance to watch the stoppers.

United are certain to bring at least one goalkeeper to replace the outgoing Van Der Sar, and with Tomasz Kuszczak also set to leave, and Anders Lindergaard having undergone knee surgery just weeks into his Old Trafford career, SirAlex Ferguson may be in the market for two keepers this summer.

As well as the German pair, Ferguson is also interested in Van Der Sar's fellow countryman Maarten Stekelenburg, who stood between the sticks during Holland's run to the World Cup final.

 

Stekelenburg said at the weekend, after breaking his thumb, that he felt he'd played his final game for Ajax, and United’s first team coach Rene Meulensteen confirmed the Dutch international is their first choice. 

He told The Guardian: “(Maarten) Stekelenburg is indeed the goalkeeper who is at the top of our wanted list.

“We have naturally been talking a lot among ourselves about who should replace Van der Sar,

"Alex Ferguson has spoken about Stekelenburg with Edwin and that does not seem strange to me at all.”

In addition, Athletico Madrid's David De Gea and CSKA Moscow's Igor Akinfeev have also been linked with filling Van Der Sar's position at Old Trafford.

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