Sport Gary Neville warns Man Utd must decide on their first choice keeper

05:10  07 september  2021
05:10  07 september  2021 Source:   msn.com

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Gary Neville has hailed Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane as 'exciting' deals but warns that Manchester United must sort out their goalkeeping situation.

Sancho completed his £73million move from Borussia Dortmund last month, finally ending United's protracted pursuit of the 21-year-old winger.

The Red Devils are also set to bolster their defensive ranks with Real Madrid centre-back Varane, who is on the verge of concluding his £42m move.

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Although Neville admits he has been impressed with United's summer recruitment, he is adamant that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's main focus must now be on settling on a No 1 keeper between David de Gea and Dean Henderson.

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'I think Varane is really exciting. Sancho's exciting but it was almost inevitable that was going to happen,' Neville told Sky Sports. 'They needed to fill that right-wing spot. It's been a bit of a problem for the last year or two. I think demonstrating patience and getting him, to be fair, was a bit more measured.

'I think just sort the goalkeeping situation out, settle that down, decide who is going to be number one and United are in a good position defensively and Sancho can hopefully bring that balance that's needed in attack.'

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Neville also praised United's transfer policy this summer and says his former club are starting to bring in the right kind of players to take the club forward.

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He added: 'They're not getting players for the sake of it. Varane is exciting and I think last season, every United fan, every commentator, pundit, fan and analyst watched United and said, 'They need a partner for Harry Maguire', and they've got one.'

'If they can stay fit together, and obviously the two full-backs as well who have got great energy, both of them are great defenders – one of them is great going forward and Aaron Wan-Bissaka is definitely improving.'

De Gea has been United's No 1 since signing for the club from Atletico Madrid in 2011, however his form has been inconsistent in recent years which has also seen his lose his spot as Spain's first-choice keeper.

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Henderson established himself as a credible threat to de Gea's position after impressing during his two seasons on loan at Sheffield United. The England star is however a doubt for the start of the season as he is suffering with prolonged fatigue after testing positive for Covid-19 three weeks ago.

De Gea was reportedly set to be displaced by Henderson after a poor performance against Villarreal at the end of last season as United lost the Europa League final to the Spanish side, but he is now set to start between the sticks for United's first fixture of the Premier League season against Leeds on August 14.

Tom Heaton is also in contention to start. The 35-year-old returned to club after leaving Aston Villa earlier this summer.

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