Man Utd line up shock transfer for Tom Heaton, 35, should fellow Old Trafford old-boy Sam Johnstone not return in summer

MANCHESTER UNITED will look to old boy Tom Heaton if Sam Johnstone does not fancy a return.

Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his Old Trafford transfer team are looking for an experienced cover keeper.

And West Brom’s Johnstone, 28 — who was registered with United from 2009 to 2018 —  is their first choice.

He would need to think he had a chance of playing regularly.

But while Johnstone is the clear number one target, United have also been checking out the interest and availability of another former employee who is out of favour just now and may be more keen.

Aston Villa’s Heaton, 35, is in the frame after losing his place to Emi Martinez.

He is the type of solid pro who would fit the bill.

Like Johnstone, Heaton was a youth keeper at Old Trafford and stayed on their books until 2010.

The new stopper would have to be happy as an understudy but with the ability to quickly step into the first team.

Someone seen as a good role model to their younger keepers would also be a plus.


David de Gea and Dean Henderson have competed for the No1 jersey this season at Old Trafford.

The Spaniard began the campaign in favour, having started 24 of United's first 26 games in the Premier League this season.

But Henderson, 24, has wrestled the gloves of late, and has been selected for the Red Devils' last six league games.

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