4 Goalkeepers you forgot played for Manchester United
Manchester United have had some fabulous goalkeepers in their teams over the years. Whenever you think of great goalkeepers in the Premier League era, you think of Peter Schmeichel. The Dane was the backbone of Sir Alex Ferguson's first great team at Manchester United and achieved legendary status at Old Trafford.
Edwin van der Saar joined United in 2006 and went on to win almost everything that was on offer, etching his name among the greatest goalkeepers in the Premier League and indeed in the whole world. And right now, David De Gea is also one of the greatest of the game and has already become a part of the United folklore. He has been the best player at Manchester United for a few years now and fans adore him like family.
However, United's tryst with goalkeepers has not always been easy. Incidentally, replacing Peter Schmeichel turned out to be a big headache for Sir Alex, before he ultimately zeroed in on Van der Saar. Sir Alex ultimately learned from his mistake and shortlisted De Gea to replace the Dutchman when he retired.
As such, today we look at 4 current goalkeepers who arrived at the club with big expectations, failed to like up to the promise and had to finally move on. All of them won Silverware during their time at Old Trafford, yet you could be forgiven for forgetting that these 4 used to play for Manchester United. Read on to find out more.
#4 Tim Howard
The American International joined Manchester United from New York Red Bulls on 1st July 2003. He was originally signed to replace Fabian Barthez, who was loaned out to Marseille in the winter. Howard appeared 44 times for Manchester United that season, as United ended the season 3rd in the Premier League, but won the Community Shield as well as the FA Cup.
Howard managed 17 clean sheets in all competitions, with 12 of those in the Premier League. The next season, his form took a dip, and Roy Carroll was preferred to him between the sticks, but the American still managed to secure 12 clean sheets from his 27 appearances and won the League Cup with United.
As United finally signed Edwin van der Saar on 1st July 2005, Howard saw his chances diminish and made just 6 appearances in all competitions that season. He ultimately moved to Everton, initially on loan on 1st July 2006, with the deal made permanent the next year.
The American went to have a long and fruitful career at Everton, appearing 414 times and even scoring 1 goal. His association with Everton was so long that people often tend to forget that Howard started out in the Premier League with Manchester United.
Tim Howard returned to the MLS from Everton, signing with Colorado Rapids on 4th July 2016 and it is where he currently plays his football, as their captain.