Manchester United want to sign a Goalkeeper who is comfortable playing with a high line, according to Duncan Castles.
David De Gea is entering the final year of his contract at Manchester United and it looks very unlikely that the Spaniard will renew his deal at the Old Trafford.
Now, according to the journalist Duncan Castles, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer want to takes this opportunity to sign a new goalie who is comfortable to play with a high backline:
“[Solskjaer’s] looking for a goalkeeper who is more comfortable with the ball at his feet.
“I don’t think De Gea is bad in that respect, but he’s not at the same level as Ederson is, for example, and he’s certainly not a goalkeeper who particularly likes playing behind a high line.
“So it seems Solskjaer is saying ‘if I have to change, I’m gonna use this as an opportunity to change tactically and sign a goalkeeper who would be comfortable playing the ball from the back and playing behind a high line.”
However, according to Duncan Castles, Manchester United doesn’t have the defenders to play the high line as the journalist questions the decision of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer:
“Can you really see playing a high line with Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw – who is probably one of the worst defenders to have played Champions League football in recent seasons in terms of positional sense – do you want to ask him to do that just by changing a new goalkeeper?
“I think if Solskjaer wants to do that, he needs to make changes throughout the defensive line for it to be a realistic solution to the way Manchester United play.
“Manchester United have played that deep line because the previous managers and current manager don’t have faith in the defenders to deal with fast strikers and to play the ball from the back, and also to cover for their weaknesses in midfield.
“So it’s quite a drastic solution that Solskjaer’s proposing there.”
Duncan Castles has also confirmed that Manchester United have already made a bid for Ajax Goalkeeper Andre Onana as a possible replacement for David De Gea.
Andre Onana has had a brilliant campaign with Ajax where he helped his team reach the Champions League Semifinal. The Cameroonian is comfortable playing with the high line and is a possible option for Solkjaer:
“They’re not just looking at goalkeepers, they’ve actually made a bid for a goalkeeper,” he said.
“That’s the Ajax number one, Andre Onana. Cameroon international, very important part of Ajax winning the Dutch title for the first time in five years this season and obviously their run to the very, very edge of the Champions League final.
“Ajax have rejected the offer. I’m told they value him at €40m. I don’t know whether Manchester United will be prepared to go that high for a relatively young goalkeeper.”
These are some valid questions and concerns from Duncan Castles. Manchester United, right now, doesn’t have the players to play a high line.
The likes of Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Ashley Young and even Luke Shaw are not comfortable playing in that kind of system.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would need a massive investment and time, if he wants to implement this system at the Old Trafford. What do you think about this news?