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Man United Targeting 27-year-old Premier League Keeper to Replace Dean Henderson

Daniel Bachmann, Manchester United

According to reports, Manchester United are eyeing a swoop for Watford goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann. With Dean Henderson set to leave on loan this summer, the Red Devils are looking to bring in an experienced back-up option for David de Gea.

Bachmann was part of the Watford team which got relegated in the 2021/22 season to the Championship. The Austrian was involved in 12 Premier League games for the Vicarage Road side (stats via Transfermarkt) and seems to be a decent ball-playing goalkeeper.

Lee Grant retired at the end of the 21/22 season while Tom Heaton will be only senior keeper in the squad. Although it has been indicated that Heaton will remain as the understudy for the Spanish goalkeeper, the Red Devils want to bring in another shot-stopper as extra support.

Daniel Bachmann, Manchester United
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According to GOAL, Manchester United are considering a move for Watford goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann. The reports states that the 27-year-old will be available for around £4m as Erik ten Hag looks to bring in a proven back-up for David de Gea.

The Austrian can be utilised in the Carabao Cup games and can deputise in case of an injury to the Spaniard. Moreover, it is believed that the Watford keeper has accepted his role as secondary choice if he completes his move to Old Trafford this summer.

However, according to Daily Mail, Manchester United have pulled out of a potential move for Daniel Bachmann. The Red Devils are unwilling to pay the asking price that the Hornets have demanded and therefore, will be looking at other options to replace Henderson.

Dean Henderson Factor

Nottingham Forest have agreed on a deal to sign Manchester United’s second-choice keeper, Dean Henderson, on a season-long loan. The English international will complete his medical this week and join Steve Cooper’s squad for their season back in the Premier League. Henderson has struggled to displace De Gea, who came back into form last season.

Forest will be paying his complete salary during the loan spell, but the deal does not include an option-to-buy as United see him as a part of their future plans. Injuries and De Gea’s form left the 25-year-old with just 3 appearances in senior competitions for the Red Devils last season (stats via Transfermarkt).

Dean Henderson
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Dean Henderson had a breakout season with Sheffield United under Chris Wilder in the Premier League which led to United recalling him to provide backup for a struggling De Gea. But his presence certainly made the Spaniard get back to his best. On top of that, a few costly errors and the resulting demotion to the bench have led to a loss of confidence for the English shot-stopper.

Earlier, he has served loan spells at Stockport County, Grimsby Town and Shrewsbury Town where he gained success because of his reliability and consistency. Manchester United manager Ten Hag thought that instead of reinstating Henderson to the United squad only for the Cup games, a loan spell would be better as it will allow him to get more minutes and perform under less pressure.

Verdict:

United are looking for only a backup keeper in case De Gea comes off injured or when the fixture list gets congested over the course of the season. Dean Henderson is certainly the future keeper for the Red Devils for years to come. Bachmann is someone with a fair amount of experience and has the potential to do a decent job if and when called upon.

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Nevertheless, it remains to be seen what sort of football Ten Hag decides to play. His teams are known for playing out from the back and starting the build-up from the goalkeeper. De Gea has received criticism in the past for not having great ball-playing skills and subsequently making mistakes while passing to the defenders, which led to opposition goals. Hence, a strong start in pre-season from Bachmann could give him a chance to take up the number one keeper spot.

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