Fresh twist in United's pursuit of long-term Van Der Sar successor

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Manchester United have suffered a serious setback in their pursuit of a long-term replacement for the retiring Edwin Van Der Sar, after Sporting Lisbon goalkeeper Rui Patricio ruled out a summer switch to Old Trafford according to talkSPORT.

The 23-year-old Portuguese international stopper has gathered a number of admirers after a series of impressive displays this season, but is not getting carried away by speculation linking him with the Barclays Premier League champions.

Sir Alex Ferguson is known to be in the market for a new No.1, after Van Der Sar announced he would be calling time on his Red Devils career after six memorable years with the club.

Heavily linked with moves for Schalke's Manuel Neuer, Ajax's Maarten Stekelenberg, and more recently David De Gea of Atletico Madrid.

Ferguson is keeping his options well and truly open to ensure Manchester United go for the best possible replacement Europe has to offer.


With a move for any of the aforementioned targets failing to materialise, Patricio was thought to be in line to make a surprise move to Old Trafford when the transfer window reopens in June.

However, the Lisbon star has reiterated his desire to win titles with his current club, but did admit he was flattered by the interest being shown in him from Manchester.

"I love Sporting Lisbon and I want to continue and help them fight for the championship next season. I do not want to leave.

"There has been speculation linking me with other clubs and Manchester United is a big club, but my head is focused on playing for Sporting."

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