Manchester United bounced back from a disappointing 2-0 defeat at Tyneside on Sunday with a strong 1-0 win at Brentford last night.
The Red Devils strengthened their top-four race with a good performance against the Bees at Old Trafford and will look to continue in the same vein against Sean Dyche’s Everton on Saturday.
United have been impressive this season under new manager Erik ten Haag but are nowhere near the finished article, with plenty of activity expected in the summer transfer window.
One position that is being widely discussed is the goalkeeper.
David De Gea has been the undisputed No. 1 under the Ten Hag this term, with the likes of Martin Dubravka, Jack Butland and Tom Heaton standing in on the bench.
The Spaniard’s contract expires this summer and there are doubts over his long-term stay at the club.
This uncertainty has led to United being linked with a number of goalkeepers, including Brentford’s David Raya.
The current Spain international has made waves since his promotion to the big time at Brentford in 2019, and is enjoying another fine campaign between the sticks this season, with nine clean sheets in the league.
Raya’s current deal expires in 2024 and Brentford know that keeping him could be a task beyond their means.
Both Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United have been closely monitoring the 27-year-old’s progress with hopes of securing his signature this summer.
Now, according to a new report from The Telegraph, “La Liga’s biggest clubs” are joining the hunt for the former Blackburn Rovers man.
It should come as no surprise to anyone that top clubs across Europe have started to follow Raya’s goalkeeper’s pursuit, but the absence of suitors this summer makes signing him a tougher proposition.
Raya is still an interesting proposition for Manchester United.
David De Gea has had a good season in goal for the Red Devils, but he isn’t a good passer, he isn’t a good sweeper, and he struggles to claim crosses, all three attributes of the modern sweeper keeper.
Meanwhile, Raya is good as a distributor, boasting a wide range of passing and his ability to hit the ball long is second to none in the English game.
No idea, this, all things considered.