Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel believes that events at last year’s World Cup prove that the Red Devils should not attempt to sign Jasper Cillessen if David de Gea leaves this summer, the Daily
The Spaniard has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid, while both Anders Lindegaard and Victor Valdes have been told that they can leave Old Trafford during this window (via Daily Mail), potentially leaving Louis van Gaal with just Sergio Romero and the inexperienced Sam Johnstone in that department.
Ajax stopper Cillessen is being touted as de Gea’s replacement if he does go (via Mirror), but Schmeichel has claimed that that would be the wrong move as he believes that van Gaal does not trust the 26-year-old, who he has worked with at international level.
The Great Dane cites the quarter-final of the most recent World Cup when then Netherlands coach van Gaal replaced Cillessen with Newcastle stopper Tim Krul as a penalty shootout loomed, and claims that the substitution provided an insight into what the Dutchman thought of the goalkeeper.
“That shows some kind of no trust. There is something in there, he doesn’t trust him 100 per cent,” he explained.
I wouldn’t like a goalkeeper like that at Manchester United ” he said.
Schmeichel has suggested that van Gaal should look a lot closer to home if he wants to find someone capable of stepping into de Gea’s shoes.
“If De Gea goes I would love Lloris to come to Manchester United,” Schmeichel insisted.
“He has exactly the style of play and he is proven and that is very important, that he is proven in the Premier League,” he added.
The Frenchman has been one of the most consistent and reliable goalkeepers in the Premier League over the last few years, so it is little surprise that Schmeichel has recommended that the Red Devils make him their prime target.