Following the Real Madrid transfer saga, David De Gea has instantly reclaimed his place as Manchester United’s first choice keeper. He put in a great performance against Liverpool, pulling out some top draw saves. He was only bested by an immense overhead kick from Benteke, within the box.
Now the order of goalkeeper hierarchy at Manchester United now reads as David De Gea, Sergio Romero, Sam Johnstone and then Victor Valdes.
Champions League winner, Victor Valdes, is no where near the Manchester United first team, and is set to fester in the reserves until his contract expires in July. The Spanish keeper and manager Louis Van Gaal had a falling out at the end of last season. The boss commented:
“He doesn’t follow my philosophy. There is no place for someone like that.”
But now there’s an opportunity to for him to continue his career at one of United’s Premier League rivals.
José Mourinho is suffering his worst ever start at Chelsea, they currently sit 17th in the table on 4 points, 11 behind leaders Manchester City.
Chelsea began the season with possibly the best keeping options in the Premier League. Thibaut Courtois, despite only being 23, is already a top keeper and his back up is ex-Stoke star Asmir Begović.
Courtois, Chelsea’s first choice keeper, picked up a knee injury in a Belgium training session and now requires surgery. It is said that he’ll be out for a long time. Despite Begović’s usual great play, he has now conceded 7 goals in 3 appearances.
Obviously Chelsea’s poor start isn’t just down to keeping problems but they are in need of another keeper, as back up or first choice.
CalcioMercato has reported that Chelsea want to bring Victor Valdes to Stamford Bridge to cure their current keeper issues.