If there is one thing that Manchester United has been known for, it is the amount of goalkeeping talent and experience that the club has always had. The club has seen world class keepers come and go, Faces like Tim Howard, Edwin Van Der Sar, Fabian Barthez and Peter Schmeichel. Even currently, they have the likes of David De Gea I their ranks.
However, the goalkeepers above did not graduate from the club's academy, and because of this, many academy goalkeepers went under the radar as there was no way that they could possibly unseat these goalkeepers. This on the other hand has also seen these academy goalies turnout to become very good goalkeepers who could easily start at any team.
So how is it that so many good goalies graduate from Manchester United. This might have to do with the amount of goalkeeping experience that the first team goalkeepers already had.
For example, Sam Johnstone And Tom Heaton, two very good goalkeepers were unable to break into the first team because of Edwin Van Der Sar and De gea. But on the positive side, they trained with the legend and probably saw him as a legend and worked hard to be just like him. This could also be the case between David De Gea and Dean Henderson.
When there are extremely high standards in one position at a club, it is only natural that the ensuing competition would improve any player involved. The academy once again have produced another set of future goalies in Nathan Bishop and Matej Kovar with the latter already being called up to the National Team even without making a single appearance for the club.
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