Erik ten Hag’s message to Manchester United hierarchy over goalkeeper plan and discloses backup plan

Erik ten Hag’s to Manchester United hierarchy over goalkeeper plan and discloses backup plan

The Dutch coach, who witnessed his team begin their preseason campaign with a 2-0 victory over Leeds in Oslo, is desperate to acquire a new goalkeeper.

David de Gea, winner of the Golden Glove last season, has decided to depart Manchester United on a free transfer after a contract extension on significantly reduced terms was withdrawn at the eleventh hour.

The Red Devils hierarchy had hoped De Gea would defer finding a new club until they had more clarity regarding their pursuit of Onana, but on Saturday he announced his departure.

United are currently in negotiations with Inter to acquire the Cameroonian goalkeeper, and the club is optimistic that a deal can be reached, despite Inter maintaining their £51 million valuation.

Ten Hag wants the deal to be finalized quickly so Onana can join the team on their preseason tour of the United States, but he is willing to rely on the club’s incumbent goalkeepers if an agreement cannot be reached.

Ten Hag responded, “Of course, it is crucial to close the Onana deal as soon as possible.” The goalkeeper position is crucial, but I am satisfied with the current roster.

Tom Heaton, who was due to leave Old Trafford for Luton Town until the club activated a one-year extension clause, started in goal for Manchester United in Oslo, while Matej Kovar played in the second half.

Dean Henderson, who spent last season on loan with Nottingham Forest, is still rehabilitating from a January injury that kept him out of the second half of the season and prevented him from traveling to Norway.

United are currently in negotiations to transfer the 26-year-old to Forest; however, if a deal for Onana does not materialize, Henderson could become United’s starting goalkeeper for the upcoming season.

Ten Hag responded, ‘Of course,’ when asked if the English goalkeeper is a viable alternative should United falter in their pursuit of Onana. I accompanied him throughout the entire season.

Ten Hag also indicated that Harry Maguire would be stripped of the captaincy this summer regardless of whether he remains with United.

The centre-back has fallen dramatically in the pecking order and is now fifth choice, and Ten Hag has stated that he will determine who succeeds Maguire as captain: No, I do not allow the locker room to vote. It depends on me.’

Erik ten Hag’s message to Manchester United hierarchy over goalkeeper plan and discloses backup plan