Alex McCarthy on Man United’s shortlist of potential backup goalkeepers

Man United are looking at a possible move for Southampton shot-stopper, Alex McCarthy.

It goes without saying, Dean Henderson may well find it difficult to force his way back into Erik ten Hag’s and Manchester United’s good books following his scathing attack on the Old Trafford club last week.

Honestly, I just don’t get the logic behind it. At the end of the day, United still pay his wages and there was a good chance he could’ve usurped David de Gea as the number one upon his return. I’d be very surprised if he isn’t moved on permanently in the summer of 2023 now.

Well, it seems as though the search to replace Hendo is already well underway. Jonathan Shrager, who is usually spot on with United news, believes Alex McCarthy is amongst the possible options.

Apparently, United have added the 32-year-old to their shortlist of ‘understudy’ goalkeepers. Simply put, United are weighing up the transfer to potentially bring in the Southampton man as a backup.


McCarthy is an excellent goalkeeper within his own right. The Englishman has spent the last six years with Southampton, improving all the time.

What I like most about McCarthy is the tactical fit. He feels perfect for the Ten Hag possession-based style of play. Having a goalkeeper who is at least competent with the ball at his feet would be superb. On top of that, he loves coming out to claim crosses, while more often than not showing full command of his penalty area.

Southampton’s asking price for McCarthy may well have dropped over the last year or so, too. He’s no longer the absolute first-choice goalkeeper at Saint Mary’s, with Gavin Bazunu now getting his fair share of starts for the club these days.

Do you think Alex McCarthy would make a good number two? Let us know your thoughts in the comment box below.

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