Manchester United appear to have committed towards Dean Henderson as the club’s first choice goalkeeper.
Henderson has now started the last consecutive nine matches for United, and this has knock-on effects.
David de Gea is likely to leave the club this summer, with United keen to shift his high wages, rather than waste him as a back-up.
This leaves an open question over who will back up Dean Henderson next season?
Having a 38-year-old Lee Grant as number two is not ideal, and United may not be ready to thrust youngster Nathan Bishop into the role either.
So this would leave United needing to buy a new back-up goalkeeper to deputise for Henderson.
This will be a difficult role to fill. United need a player who would be content to just play a handful of games, like Sergio Romero did during the De Gea era.
Romero would have been perfect of course, but United appear to have burned this bridge, and he will leave the club as a free agent this summer.
There may be a couple of former United goalkeepers who could fill the void.
United’s former FA Youth Cup winning goalkeeper, Sam Johnstone has established himself as a proven Premier League player this season. Johnstone was recently called into the England squad.
He is at a crossroads this summer with West Brom looking likely to be relegated, currently in 19th place.
Johnstone, 28, has only one year remaining on his contract, meaning West Brom would need to cash in.
Could Johnstone really turn down a return to United, a chance to compete with Henderson, and play in cup competitions?
United fans will still have nightmares of Tom Heaton’s star turn for Burnley to shut Zlatan Ibrahimovic out back in 2016.
Nowadays he is a back-up at Aston Villa, and is set to become a free agent this summer.
Having represented England three times, Heaton is a proven Premier League performer even at the age of 34, younger, and with a better CV than Lee Grant.
On a free, former United trainee Heaton could be a smart addition as a back up to Henderson.
Like Johnstone, Heaton would surely find a return to Old Trafford incredibly hard to turn down.
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