Erik ten Hag confirms Man Utd's first January transfer as club make surprise move for England goalkeeper Jack Butland | The Sun

Erik ten Hag confirms Man Utd's first January transfer as club make surprise move for England goalkeeper Jack Butland | The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED boss Erik ten Hag has confirmed his first signing of the January transfer window.

Goalkeeper Jack Butland is set to join the Red Devils on loan.

Erik ten Hag has moved for a new backup for David De Gea and Tom Heaton after Martin Dubravka was recalled by Newcastle early.

Crystal Palace goalie Butland, 29, will be the Dutchman's first winter signing.

Butland has been capped nine times by England and was in the Three Lions' squad for the 2018 World Cup.

And Ten Hag stressed the need to have "three experienced goalkeepers" in his squad.

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Ten Hag said: "We need three experienced goalkeepers. We have some young ones and they do well but we have so many games so you need three good goalies in training but also when problems are coming you need experience in goal to get what you are aiming for.

"I'm really happy with David, it's quite clear, he's our No.1, he's a really good performer but there's always something that can happen with David as well and you have to be prepared for that.

"Last year I had a situation with Ajax where we had three goalies injured and you don't want a position that you play for trophies and you have to put in a young keeper.

"It can kill your season. That's what you have to be prepared for."

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Butland played a key role in Palace's run to the FA Cup semi-finals last season.

But he has made only 10 Premier League appearances since joining the club in October 2020.

The stopper has not been a Prem regular since he was relegated with Stoke in 2018.

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