Over the years, Manchester United have had some shocking goalkeepers in between the sticks. Massimo Taibi is the name that immediately springs to mind.
Alongside that, though, the Red Devils have been fortunate enough to play host to some superstar #1s. Let’s give you the run-down of our top five Manchester United goalkeepers of all time.
5. Alex Stepney
Stepney was signed for £55,000. At the time, that was a record. The shot-stopper went on to become the highest Manchester United appearance maker amongst goalkeepers. He played an impressive 539 times for the Old Trafford club.
He was the man in goal when United won their first European Cup. He also managed to scoop a top-flight title and an FA Cup trophy during his time with the Manchester club.
4. Harry Gregg
Gregg’s story is a sensational one. He became a hero in the aftermath of the Munich air disaster, as he ran back into the fire to pull his teammates out of the burning plane. That memory will always be the first thing that springs to mind when talking about Gregg, but he was a fine goalkeeper too.
At the 1958 World Cup, he was named the best goalie in the tournament, and although he didn’t win any trophies with United (largely due to injury), he is a massively important part of Red Devils history.
3. Peter Schmeichel
The Great Dane had to be included on this list. He’s at three because he eventually moved to Manchester City. However, Schmeichel was one of the reasons why we look back at the 1998/99 season so fondly.
That stunning penalty save to deny Dennis Bergkamp in the FA Cup semi-final, to countless world-class stops on our run to Champions League glory. He finished his Red Devils career with an impressive 42% clean-sheet rate. That deserves more recognition.
2. Edwin van Der Sar
The road to replacing Schmeichel in between the posts was a long one. Eventually, Van Der Sar arrived from Fulham. He became a part of the best back three I’ve ever seen in my lifetime (with Vidic and Ferdinand in front of him).
The Dutchman holds the record for the most consecutive clean sheets with 11. Perhaps his best moment, though, came on that glorious night in Moscow. It was his save from Nicholas Anelka’s penalty that meant United lifted their third Champions League crown, exactly 50 years on from the aforementioned Munich air disaster. What a hero.
1. David de Gea
The best in the world right now. That’s not even a debate anymore. The Spaniard has made some of the best saves I’ve ever seen in my life. We’re immensely lucky to call him one of our own.
In terms of shot-stopping ability he’s way out on his own. You also have to love the fact that he has never moaned about not getting his dream move to Real Madrid. Hopefully, the 27-year-old gets a new long-term deal that makes him the highest paid player at the club. He deserves that more than anyone.