Berbatov picks out ‘very good’ Serie A man as replacement for Man Utd star who is ‘making mistakes’

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Berbatov discusses Man Utd Credit: Alamy
Berbatov discusses Man Utd Credit: Alamy

Dimitar Berbatov has picked out a “very good” replacement for Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, who has been “making mistakes”.

The Red Devils are going to be busy in the transfer market this summer and they may look to sign a new goalkeeper.

De Gea has been criticised at times this term as he has regularly made mistakes, but he has managed to keep 16 clean sheets in the Premier League.

The Spaniard is out of contract this summer and recent reports have claimed that he is likely to pen a new deal on reduced terms.

The 32-year-old is nearing the end of his career and Man Utd will have to identify his long-term replacement at some point in the near future.

Dean Henderson is still contracted to Man Utd and Berbatov thinks the Nottm Forest loanee “deserves a chance” at Old Trafford.

But Berbatov thinks AC Milan goalkeeper Mike Maignan also “deserves to be looked at”.

“I believe that Dean Henderson deserves a chance at Manchester United, as I don’t believe he’s been given a chance previously,” Berbatov told Betfred.

“He needs to be given a real chance to show what he can do. If Erik ten Hag gives him a chance to prove himself next season, then I believe that will be beneficial for both Dean and David de Gea, as David needs to be properly challenged.

“If the club decides to go into the transfer market for a new goalkeeper this summer instead, then Mike Maignan of AC Milan is very good in my opinion and he deserves to be looked at by Manchester United.”

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Berbatov still thinks De Gea is a “true great” as he has “done an awful lot for Man Utd”.

“If somebody that’s better than David de Gea comes along, challenges him for his place and proves themselves to be better than David, then of course that somebody needs a chance to be the club’s number one,” Berbatov added.

“At the moment, I believe that De Gea should be Manchester United’s number one. David is making mistakes and he will make mistakes in the future, but you can’t forget the many times that he’s saved the club from defeat. He deserves more credit than he gets. He’s done an awful lot for Manchester United and he’s a true great.

“I saw that Erik ten Hag said that he counts on David to stay at the club and it’s obvious that David needs to work on his footwork, as well as his ability to play out from the back, and I’m sure that he’s aware of this. Those are the only things that I believe he needs to work on.”

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