In the Premier League's 25 years, United have had more than their fair share of excellent keepers, but four jump head, shoulder and outstretched hand above the rest. But who’s your number one choice? Here’s a refresher.
Peter Schmeichel had eight domineering years at the top, winning five Premier Leagues, three FA Cups, a League Cup, and of course, the 1999 Champions League. In that memorable match the Dane was captain and was famously causing a headache in Bayern’s 18-yard box for the corner that would lead to the equaliser half a minute into added time. Away from United, he even managed to take unfancied Denmark to become Euro ’92 champions, beating Germany 2-0 in the final. But it’s his week in, week out consistency at Old Trafford and around the country that makes him one of the favourites.
The next regular keeper was Frenchman Fabien Barthez, who arrived at Old Trafford straight after winning Euro 2000 in the Netherlands. During his four-year stint, he became a fan favourite and well known for his reaction saves. United fans will be keener to recall the two Premier League titles he helped the team win.
Edwin van der Sar stepped in from 2005 to 2011 in a move that many questioned as he was already 34 years old, but he proved an invaluable member of the team, helping the Reds to four Premier League titles. He also managed the amazing feat of reaching 1,311 uninterrupted minutes of top-flight clean sheets until March 2009. There’s also the small matter of Edwin saving Chelsea’s penalty in the 2008 Champions League final shoot-out to hand the trophy to United.
Bringing us up to date, we have David de Gea, who joined in 2011 and is considered by many to be United’s most technically skilled keeper. He was instrumental in United’s 2012/13 season when the club won the Premier League by a comfortable 11 points over local rivals City.
Underrated? Kevin Pilkington, Nick Culkin, Raimond van der Gouw, Massimo Taibi, Mark Bosnich, Roy Carroll, Tim Howard, Ricardo, Andy Goram, Ben Foster, Anders Lindegaard, Ben Amos, Tomasz Kuszczak, Paul Rachubka, Sergio Romero and Victor Valdes also clocked up minutes in the Premier League.