Manchester United are expected to shake things up a bit over the course of the next few months as they aim to build upon this season and improve even further, with the ultimate aim of the club expected to be returning to the top of the Premier League and challenging in the Champions League on a consistent basis.
If anything, last night’s performance against Villarreal in the Europa League final showed us that they are quite a few steps away from that. While the progress that they have made under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over the past couple of years is there for all to see, the team has appeared to struggle when the spotlight on them is shining the brightest.
One of the strongest positions in the squad at this point of time is goalkeeper. The club have two great options in the form of David de Gea and Dean Henderson for the first-team gloves at the moment.
And now, they have managed to agree a deal with Tom Heaton, who will join them from next season with his contract with Aston Villa set to run out.
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Heaton wants to challenge for a first-team spot at Manchester United
Heaton came through Manchester United’s youth system but left in search of first-team football without ever making a first-team appearance for them. And now as he is set to make a return to Old Trafford, it does not look like the 35-year-old wants to spend his time sitting on the bench.
As reported by Sky Sports, Heaton has told his friends that he plans to push hard to become Solskjaer’s number one choice.
Of course, there are some questions regarding the first-team gloves at the club right now. It appears that Henderson is now at the top of Solskjaer’s pecking order, which could see De Gea depart the club in the summer as he is not expected to be content with being second choice after spending almost a decade as the number one for the Red Devils. Thus, things could look very different between the sticks for the club come next season.