Jack Butland seals Manchester United loan move
Jack Butland has completed a move to Manchester United on loan until the end of the season.
The 29-year-old’s switch from Crystal Palace comes six months after scouts identified him as their first-choice backup goalkeeper to David De Gea. A move was imminent until Butland had his hand broken when saving an Anthony Martial shot in Melbourne during a pre-season game.
Instead United turned to Martin Dubravka, but Butland got a second chance when Newcastle recalled the 33-year-old at the start of the year.
He also has a house in the Manchester area from his time at Stoke City.
There will be no option to buy as part of the loan. United will cover his wages throughout the loan spell.
Butland arrives having not played for Crystal Palace this season.
He will now provide support to United’s long-term No 1 David de Gea in the goalkeeping department along with Tom Heaton.
Erik ten Hag said of Butland’s arrival during Thursday’s press conference: “What he is bringing. I am really happy. We have David. It is quite clear he is our number one.
“But something can happen and we have to prepare for that.
“Martin was recalled and how we are set up we need a squad with three goalkeepers. We have so many games so you need three good goalies in training.”
Butland said after the move was confirmed: “This is an amazing club and one that I am now proud to represent. I’m really looking forward to working with an unbelievable goalkeeping group, supporting each other every day to create the best training and playing environment for the team.
“I’ve played against David de Gea and represented England alongside Tom Heaton; they are top-class ‘keepers, and I am relishing the opportunity to compete alongside and support them as teammates.
“There is a lot that this group can achieve this season and I’m excited to play my part in helping everyone to reach these ambitions.”
Butland has six months left on his Palace deal, although the club have the option to extend his contract for a further year.
United had considered recalling Dean Henderson from his loan at Nottingham Forest, but it is felt the 25-year-old is best served staying at the City Ground.
Ten Hag’s team are next in action against Everton in the FA Cup on Friday.
Jack Butland: From forgotten man to a serious challenger for Guaita's No 1 spot at Palace
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