Ten Hag details worst case scenario which forced Man Utd into emergency transfer

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Erik ten Hag has confirmed the imminent arrival of Jack Butland (Image: Football Daily)
Erik ten Hag has confirmed the imminent arrival of Jack Butland (Image: Football Daily)

Erik ten Hag has all-but confirmed the completion of Manchester United’s first January signing, Jack Butland.

The Red Devils were forced into the market after Martin Dubravka was prematurely recalled by Newcastle United last week. That left only Tom Heaton behind first-choice goalkeeper David de Gea.

And with United battling on four fronts in the second half of the season, Ten Hag was insistent that he wouldn’t leave himself short of options.

The former Ajax boss recalled a situation from his final season with the club when he suffered a trio of injuries between the sticks. He explained: “Yes, so Martin (Dubravka) was recalled and now to set up we need three experienced goalkeepers, we have some young ones, and they do well, but we have so many games.

“You need three good goalies in training but also when problems are coming you need experience in goal to get your goals, what you are aiming for."

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De Gea is out of contract this summer, with negotiations ongoing over his long-term future. However, the imminent arrival of Butland has been sanctioned in case of an injury crisis, rather than to compete for the starting role.

"What he's (Butland) bringing, I'm really happy with David, it's quite clear, he's our No.1, he's a really good performer,” Ten Hag added. “But there's always something that can happen with David as well, and you have to be prepared for that, so you don't have one.

Ten Hag details worst case scenario which forced Man Utd into emergency transferFormer Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland is set to sign for Man Utd (SCFC/Phil Greig 2020)

"Last year I had a situation with Ajax we had three goalies injured, and you don't want a position that you play for trophies, and you have to put in a young keeper, you can't expect it, and also kill your season. That's what you have to be prepared for."

Butland’s loan deal is until the end of the current season and it is understood that there is no clause to make it permanent after that. Meanwhile, De Gea has hinted that a resolution to his own negotiations could come to a positive end, with reports stating he is willing to accept a pay cut to remain at the club.

"I'm very relaxed,” De Gea said after United beat Bournemouth in midweek. "I'm just focused on training, perform as best as I can. But, for sure, it's going to end in a good way. I'm just focused on training, perform as best as I can. But, for sure, it's going to end in a good way."

Ten Hag details worst case scenario which forced Man Utd into emergency transferDavid de Gea is confident he will remain at Man Utd beyond the end of this season (Getty Images)

United take on Everton in the third round of the FA Cup on Friday night and it remains to be seen whether Butland will be registered in time to play. And while Ten Hag is expected to make changes, he has stated that the cup competitions hold a special importance to him.

He said: "For me the cup is always special. I know in England the FA Cup is even more higher expectations, higher standards than in the Netherlands, but I like the cup in the Netherlands as well, it's a different league.

“In not so many games you can achieve a lot, and you have to come away a winner, this is possible if you draw a replay but then after two it's a knockout and I like that."

Ben Husband

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