With Edwin van der Sar expected to retire at the end of this season, and the "number 1" capabilities of Tomasz Kuszczak unfairly under question, the media seem hell bent on linking young and established goal-keepers with the club. With the club's goalkeeping scouts and head scout Martin Ferguson keeping tabs on various names around Europe, it doesn't seem to be too far of the mark that United are taking succession plans very seriously this time. Having already scouted Atletico's David De Gea(21) and Aalesunds' Anders Lindegaard(26), they have moved on to the Scottish international, who has performed remarkably well over the past few seasons both for club and country. Personally, i still don't know who should be brought to the club, but I think keepers of the ilk of Fiorentina's Frey should be looked at closely before any decision is made.
Marek Hamsik CAM 27 July 1987 Napoli
Steven Defour CM 15 April 1988 Standard Liege
Since the infamous " get well soon" letter that found its way to the press, United has been linked with a move to secure the Belgian internationals' services. It has been recently revealed that the player has even turned down an offer from Liverpool to ensure he can accept any future offer from United. Although some doubt his usefulness and adaptability to the league, it remains to be seen whether or not he could perform a box-to box role, as well as act as a "screen" in front of the defense, while setting up play from a deeper position.