Daniel Bachmann responds to Manchester United rumours

Watford goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann has confirmed that Manchester United have been in contact over a transfer.

The 27-year-old Austria international has spoken to the press in his native country about rumours linking him with an Old Trafford move.

He said to Krone that those rumours do have some foundation but it does not seem that anything is too advanced at this stage.

Ralf Rangnick is now Bachmann’s international manager after his United interim reign ended, but the report says that the goalkeeper has been left out of the German’s first squad.

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“There was contact, it wasn’t out of thin air,” said Bachmann about the links with United.

“I don’t know if the team boss (Rangnick) has a say in the transfers. Hey, it’s Manchester United, a huge honuor if a club like that is interested in you.”

He called David de Gea: “one of the Premier League’s best goalies for years. But anything can happen in football. The performance principle rules there, and there are also stars on the bench.”

“I’m happy at Watford, have a contract until 2024, now only focus in my head is that we’ll be promoted again – immediately. 

“Everything else is not in my hands but the most intensive contact was with Manchester.”

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United might need a new goalkeeper this summer if Dean Henderson moves on in search of gametime.

That said, Bachmann would be an odd choice, and there is no real reason that Tom Heaton could not step up and operate at the same level as the Austrian.

United may decide to try and get someone in, but you would want them to be at a higher level than the man who has just been relegated with Watford.

There is even the outside chance that Erik ten Hag takes a huge call and goes for a goalkeeper who is better with their feet than de Gea, but he has other problems to sort out in the team without making another between the sticks.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.