Man United weighing up move for keeper Benjamin Siegrist: report

Man United have been keeping a close eye on Dundee United goalkeeper, Benjamin Siegrist.

Ralf Rangnick will move upstairs in a consultancy capacity when his manager’s contract expires this summer. There’s a big chance he’ll have his say on potential transfers (both incoming and outgoing). After all, he’s working with this squad day-in-day-out so he’s in a better position than most to determine what’s needed.

One position that’s probably not talked about as an area of concern is goalkeeper. After all, David de Gea and Dean Henderson are two of the finest shot-stoppers in the business.

Apparently, that’s not stopping United from looking to dip their toes into the goalie market.

The story comes from The Mirror on Sunday, who state that United are ‘keeping tabs’ on Dundee United number one, Benjamin Siegrist.

`Apparently, the club sent scouts to watch the 30-year-old Scottish Premier League player, as his side lost 3-0 to Celtic in the Scottish Cup quarter-finals.

Siegrist, who could be signed on a free transfer, is rumoured to be viewed as ‘ideal cover’ for De Gea – but only if the Reds fail to secure the signature of their number one backup choice, Sam Johnstone.

Tony Coton, United’s goalkeeper scout, has worked with Siegrist before during their time together at Aston Villa.

I’d love to sit here and tell you Siegrist is the best thing since sliced bread, but that’d be a lie. After all, he’s 30 now and plying his trade in the SPL. As much as I’d like to believe he’s good enough to start in the Premier League, I don’t see him as anything more than a back-up.

Even then, would Siegrist really be able to beat out competition from Henderson? Heck, both Tom Heaton and Lee Grant have better reputations within the Premier Leauge game, so we’d potentially be looking at a fifth-choice goalie if everyone else remains at the club beyond this summer.

I get that United like a bargain and Siegrist on a free would be a cheap deal. But is it the right one for United at this point in time? Probably not, when there are far more pressing needs within this first-team squad at the moment.

Would a Man United move for Benjamin Siegrist make sense? Let us know your thoughts in the comment box below.

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