Manchester United are expected to make quite a few signings over the course of the summer with the aim of strengthening the squad further and challenging for titles next season. The club have not won a trophy in the past four seasons and they would surely be looking to change that as soon as possible.
One of the strongest departments last season was their goalkeeping. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had two brilliant keepers to pick from in the form of David de Gea and Dean Henderson. Both of them are good enough to be starters.
Despite that, it looks like there could be a number of changes between the posts for the Red Devils next season. It is expected that neither De Gea nor Henderson would want to be the second choice goalkeeper at the club. As a result, one of them could very well end up leaving this summer. Sergio Romero, who has been at Old Trafford since 2015, is also set to leave as a free agent.
Tom Heaton seems to be the man who will be the first signing for the club this summer. Transfer expert, Fabrizio Romano, tweeted out that he will undergo his medical this week and the official announcement is expected in July:
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Heaton is set to make his Manchester United return
Heaton came through the club’s youth system but did not manage to break into the first-team picture. In fact, after a series of loan spells away from Old Trafford, he left the club on a permanent basis before ever making a single senior appearance for them.
He has had a great career since then though, playing for the likes of Cardiff City, Bristol City, Burnley and Aston Villa. He has also represented the England national team on three occasions.
But at this point of time, he finds himself out of the Aston Villa first-team and with his contract set to run out this summer, he is set to make a return to Manchester United as a free agent. And while he is expected to play a back-up role in Solskjaer’s side, Heaton would surely want to make more of a mark in the first-team this time around than he did in his first stint at Old Trafford.