Ex-United stopper: Fergie lining up De Gea replacement

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Former Manchester United goalkeeper Roy Carroll says that Sir Alex Ferguson will most definitely have a replacement stopper set up for if the deal with David De Gea doesn’t work out.

“If De Gea doesn’t turn up at Manchester United then I’m sure Ferguson will have someone else lined up, he’s that type of manager,” Roy Carroll told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show.

“He doesn’t just go for one person so you never know what might happen.


“If this young keeper doesn’t come to Manchester United I don’t think it’s going to be a blow, there are loads of quality keepers who would love to play for the club.”

Manchester United have been trying to find a star keeper ever since Edwin van der Sar announced his retirement. Manuel Neuer was a front runner to wear the United stopper shirt, but the German chose to make a move to Bayern Munich and stay in his home country.

Maarten Stekelenburg was also a favourite to take the coveted position, but the Ajax keeper has so far been very quiet on his future.

With Ferguson revealing yesterday that De Gea was close to signing a deal with Manchester United, it appeared to be a done deal for the Spaniard, but this morning De Gea insisted that he had not agreed to any move beyond current club Athletico Madrid.

A statement through De Gae’s lawyer said: "I hereby deny information that appeared in various media today indicating that David de Gea Quintana, football player of Club Atletico de Madrid, has signed for Manchester United. It is not true that he has been signed.

"De Gea will not consider the contract extension offer from Atletico or any other offer until June 30 when he has finished his commitments with the Under-21 national team.''

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