A very, very tall transfer story that originated in the Italian media but soon found its way into The Mirror, Sky Sports News, The Sunderland Echo and Manchester Evening News, it was widely claimed this January that Manchester United were lining up Sunderland’s Vito Mannone as their second-choice goalkeeper.
Admittedly, the Italian has been in sensational form since arriving on Wearside from Arsenal in the summer, particularly following the appointment of Gus Poyet, highlighted best by his League Cup semi-final heroics against the Red Devils.
But you’d hope David Moyes is setting his sights a little higher than a 25 year-old goalkeeper that couldn’t even get past Lukas Fabianski in the Emirates pecking order and has managed just 30 games in his entire Premier League career, which now spans over eight campaigns in the top flight.
In fact, he’s managed just 82 appearances in all competitions since becoming a senior back in 2006.
With that in mind, and considering United have the finances to add pretty much any goalkeeper in world football to the Old Trafford roster, Mannone’s reported move to Carrington seems completely absurd.
Even Poyet clearly has his doubts over the former Gunner’s quality, having brought in Argentina international goalie Oscar Ustari a week before deadline day.