Manchester United have been told to consider a Premier League goalkeeper as David De Gea’s replacement.
The Red Devils have work to do on the goalkeeper front, with De Gea out of contract at the end of this season. The Spaniard is one of the highest earners at Old Trafford, and it’s clear he will need to accept a reduced wage if he is to stick around. Though, there is also the question of whether United want him to stay, given De Gea’s patchy form over the last couple of years.
If Dea Gea is not the man going forward, United must find a suitable replacement, and former England keeper David James believes the Red Devils should turn to De Gea’s Spain replacement.
“If you look around the Premier League for an alternative, there is one keeper who I do like, Robert Sanchez at Brighton,” James told Lordping.co.uk. “He is a young, capable goalkeeper, who with the right coaching I feel could be absolutely top drawer.
“I’m not suggesting that Manchester United get rid of David de Gea, but his contract does expire in the summer and at the end of the season when the transfer window opens, he will be able to join a club on a free transfer if wants to. If United are looking for a replacement for him, a player with Premier League experience, then I think Sanchez could be the guy. He has the potential to be an absolute monster.”
Of course, United could yet turn to number two goalkeeper Dean Henderson, who is currently out on loan with Nottingham Forest, but James doesn’t fancy the England international’s chances of securing the role.
“A few years ago, I wouldn’t have even doubted whether Henderson was the right person to take over from David de Gea, but over the last few seasons, he hasn’t played as much football as I would have liked,” he added. “I would have to put a question mark on that. David de Gea has wonderful distribution, Henderson will need to work on that side of his game if he is going to stay and become the number one choice for the club.”