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Old Trafford boss keen on Eastlands bench warmer.
Manchester United’s search for a suitable replacement for soon to be retired Edwin Van der Sar will reportedly see Sir Alex Ferguson attempt to lure Shay Given from local rivals Manchester City. The Old Trafford boss has seen his moves for a succession of keepers seemingly falter and the Scot is now looking to bring the Irish international to the club.
Ferguson has attempted to secure deals for both Schalke custodian Manuel Neuer and Liverpool goalie Pepe Reina and has also apparently failed to persuade Atletico Madrid youngster David De Gea to leave Spain for the Premier League.
Roberto Mancini made England international Joe Hart Man City’s number one and has consigned 35 year old Given to a season of bench warming and the former Newcastle United and Blackburn keeper has not played a single minute of Premier League action this term and has been strongly linked with moves to both Arsenal and Fulham but remains at Eastlands.
Some believe that Mancini is not willing to sell Given to a rival and that could prevent a move to Man United coming to light but the experienced keeper would surely be tempted by such a move and is certain to be looking to secure first team football next term.
Man United purchased Dane Anders Lindegaard but the 27 year old is seen as a back up and Pole Tomasz Kuszczak is expected to leave in the summer.