Date: 20th May 2011 at 12:58am
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Van Der Sar

Can anyone really replace this legend?

With Edwin Van Der Sar retiring on the biggest stage of them all on the 28th May, despite the cries of ‘One More Year’ from the Stretford End.

I feel it is imperative that the man that is lucky enough to be chosen to come in through the Old Trafford doors in the summer to replace him is the right man to fill the gloves.

It took us 6 years to properly replace Schmeichel when he said enough is enough after the treble season in ’99. With names such as Bosnich, Barthez, Carroll and Howard coming in and being unable to fill the void left by the Great Dane! Not to forget the infamous Taibi, who bar winning us a game at Anfield was far from an adequate successor.

In my eyes the signing of Anders Lindegaard looks set to see us offload Tomasz Kuszczak as he has stated he wants regular first team football! This would then leave Lindegaard as our number 2 behind the new signing in the summer still posing a number one shirt to be filled.

It seems there have been 3 names that have come to the forefront over the past couple of months:

Manuel Neuer – Shalke 04 (25years old, £20million)

We all saw the qualities of this lad in the Champions League semi-final in the first leg over in Germany as he kept United out for over an hour by himself. Problems in this deal however may arise as he’s widely rumoured to prefer a move to Bayern Munich. His part in the Darron Gibson goal in the second leg didn’t cover himself in glory either.

Maarten Stekelenburg – Ajax (28years old, £15million)

With a World Cup final already under his belt his CV looks impressive, and for me the experience he will have gained from that tournament alone could make Maarten the right man for the job! With 40 international caps already under his belt and nearly 200 appearances for Ajax he looks the real deal.

David De Gea – Athletico Madrid (20years old, £20million)

For me, although it’s been rumoured this lad is the next big thing, at only 20 years of age the experience he lacks could prove costly over a season! Only 56 first team appearances at Athletico may not be quite enough to entrust an Old Trafford number 1 for the next few years. If that risk were to pay off though, we’d have a new number one for a very long time with this young stopper.

Sir Alex has already gone on record stressing the importance of getting Edwin’s replacement right, with ‘learning from mistakes when replacing Peter’ having been mentioned on many occasions by the boss.

Each of the three above has their risks, but then again when is there ever a signing that doesn’t pose a few risks? My favourite of the three would probably be Stekelenburg for his experience if nothing else which is vital to a great keeper.  Who would your money be on though if you were in Sir Alex’s position?



10 responses to “Stekelenburg, De Gea, Neuer: Who Will Replace Edwin Van Der Sar?”

  1. Jay says:

    Prefer Stekelenburg but De Gea looks great too.
    Whoever we get, I trust in Sir Alex and he will get only the best

  2. Scott says:

    My vote would go with De Gea – younger, and although less experianced could be United #1 for years to come. After watching him playing with Athletico the boy has AMAZING potential and already has quite a knack for controlling his defense.

    Although Stekelenburg would be a solid replacement, and has a extremly impressive CV I can’t see him at United…

    Tbh honest though would not be too fussed at which one we got both are great keepers. If it however does end up being Stekelenburg – let’s hope he holds the ball better then he did the Eredivisie haha

  3. Kong Lye says:

    I believe SAF should go for Maarten because he is a proven ptoduct and for his experience particularly for the country. At 28 and being a goalkeeper he has many more productive years. For the future MU has already got Lindegard and Amos.

  4. JETELINHO says:

    I thought it´ll be either akinfeev or lopez

    to writw the truth – I do NOT know whom to want, there is NO1 near to Edwin

  5. liam says:

    he may be inexperience but he already played in the final of the europa league and he also played in the uefa super cup against inter milan…AND HE SAVED DIEGO MILITO’S PENALTY……

  6. Stephen Willsdon says:

    We should get Stekelenburg purely as he is most experience, over the other 2, and that signing him would be banter.

  7. greg says:

    and wher is Samir Handanovič

    • Mike says:

      First I’ve heard of us being linked with him! De Gea is practically a done deal now it seems!!

  8. Gabe says:

    Neuer is better than either of the other 2, but odds are he’ll go to Bayern, which will make them a huge threat next year

    Stekelenburg is good, he’d be alright

    De Gea is overrated

    Odds are on Stekelenburg

  9. Jumping Jesus says:

    De Gea overrated? get a grip. Better than Stekelenburg by a country mile, even at his young age. My vote would be Hugo Lloris if I had the choice of anybody, followed by Neuer, followed by De Gea, followed by about a dozen keepers before Stekelenburg. Happy if De Gea is a done deal :)))