Erik ten Hag is slowly but surely rebuilding Manchester United the way he sees fit, adding in some quality summer signings while losing some deadwood from the club.
This season will be seen as a transitional one, yet the building blocks are there for the Dutchman to succeed long-term and bring back the glory days to Old Trafford.
There is still a few areas to strengthen, however, with the goalkeeping department a prime concern. Since the start of last season, David De Gea has conceded a staggering 89 goals in all competitions, keeping just 19 clean sheets in the same period. The Spaniard’s contract expires at the end of the season, and Ten Hag is keeping tabs on his compatriot, Robert Sanchez who plays for Brighton and Hove Albion.
The goalkeeper could shine for Man United and journalist Pete O’Rourke has spoken to Football FanCast regarding if a move for the Brighton player would be a better fit for the Dutchman than De Gea:
“It will. Sanchez does tick a lot of the boxes for what Erik ten Hag wants from his goalkeepers.
“He’s very comfortable on the ball. He can play out from the back as well. And he’s also a very commanding goalkeeper.
“I think he has shown at Brighton in the last couple of seasons one of the top stoppers probably in the Premier League and it shows how much he has improved in recent seasons that he has taken David De Gea’s spot in this Spain squad at the World Cup as well.”
In comparison to De Gea over the same time period, the Brighton goalkeeper has conceded 64 goals while keeping 15 clean sheets, and aged just 25, he certainly has the potential to be a long-term solution for Ten Hag.
In the summer, Brighton slapped a massive £50m price tag on the Spaniard and with every excellent performance, this fee will continue to rise.
Will the Dutchman swoop for a new goalkeeper in the January transfer window? Or bide his time until the summer and allow De Gea to run down his contract? The next few weeks might be a nervy time for the Brighton faithful, and if Man United offer anything close to the £50m figure the club are demanding, then he could be saying goodbye to the south coast.