Thursday, June 24, 2021

Manchester United legend unsure if Pickford can replace DDG

Jordan Pickford has been tipped to replaced David De Gea in the upcoming years as the Manchester United goalkeeper. But a former player doubts his abilities.

Manchester United are looking to spend around 60 million pounds to sign Jordan Pickford in the upcoming months as a replacement to David De Gea. The Spaniard has been refusing to commit his future to the Red Devils and will see his contract expire in summer 2019. While an automatic extension of one year can be triggered, the idea is to make him sign the long-term deal or look elsewhere for replacements.

Jordan Pickford has excelled as the Everton goalkeeper and been brilliant for England as their number one since Joe Hart. However, former Manchester United defender Gary Neville feels that the 24-year-old goalie does not have enough to take over the reign from David De Gea- one of the world’s best shot-stoppers.

The former United defender told Sky Sports: “I thought he was a risk before the World Cup. It was one of the points I was most nervous about. I actually think international football suits him a lot in the sense of the way the team play. I think the fact you get more time to play out from the back than you normally would in the Premier League, I think he’s suited to international football. I was nervous about him before the World Cup but he’s winning me over slowly.”

Author’s Take

Gary Neville has been into punditry since the last few years and has been known to the footballing world as a conservative person. While Pickford is winning over him slowly as he stated, he looks ready to take the Man United job. The 24-year-old has some amazing reflexes and quick reactions to the opponents’ shots which is a characteristic similar to DDG’s.

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