Sir Alex Ferguson pictured with Vanja Milinkovic at Manchester United

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Manchester United supporters worrying about the potential loss of David De Gea will be reassured by the fact that the long-term goalkeeper position is set to be in safe hands after the summer capture of Serbian stopper Vanja Milinkovic.

The 6ft 7in custodian was pictured shaking hands with the great Sir Alex Ferguson during a recent visit to England, and despite the fact he's only 17 he's clearly already a mountain of a man, towering over the Red Devils legend in the club's foyer.

Signed from FK Vojvodina in his homeland at the end of last season, Milinkovic was sent back to the Karadorde Stadium for the current campaign, but is expected to return to Old Trafford permanently ahead of 2015/16 where he'll be integrated into one of Manchester United's development squads to continue his progress with the Premier League giants.

The talented teenager is already capped at youth international level, playing above his age group for Serbia U19s, but even there he'll pose an intimidating presence given his general size and huge frame that will surely give him an advantage over his opposition.

Even more worryingly for Milinkovic's opponents is the fact that he still has plenty of time and room to grow even more, which is good news for Manchester United when the young prospect has fully matured to put himself in first-team contention.

Anders Lindegaard currently resides as back-up goalkeeper to De Gea at the Theatre of Dreams with Ben Amos behind him as third choice, but both glovemen will already be well aware of the physically imposing new arrival who will be looking to usurp them all and claim the No.1 spot in the future.

It remains to be seen what Louis van Gaal will choose to do with Milinkovic when he starts training at Carrington on a full-time basis in 2015, but given his well-known philosophy for the nurturing and development of up-and-coming talent, don't be surprised to see him fast-tracked into the senior fold sooner rather than later.

Manchester United fans what do you think? Does Vanja Milinkovic look like a future Old Trafford No.1? Can he follow in the footsteps of legends like Peter Schmeichel and Edwin van der Sar. Have your say in the comment box below...

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