Manchester United reserve goalkeeper, Ben Amos, looks certain to spend a season on loan at Steve Bruce’ Hull City AFC. The former Manchester United defender has signed Swiss international goalkeeper, Eldin Jakupovic, and looks certain to add Amos to his squad before the start of the season. I would envisage that Amos would be behind Jakupovic, but would almost certainly get some first team action, which is what he has been craving over the last few seasons. Amos certainly has a good future ahead of him, but whether that will be at Manchester United, with the likes of David de Gea and Anders Lindegaard stood in his way. I am sure we will find out sooner or later.
Amos played his first Premier League match against Stoke City back on 31st January 2012, in which the Red Devils won 2-0, with Amos keeping a clean sheet. Considering it was his first league start, he looked pretty strong between the posts. Amos signed a new three-year deal with Manchester United back in May. This will keep him at Old Trafford until 2015. Amos has previously had loan spells with Peterborough United, Molde and Oldham Athletic. In his total career, since signing for Manchester United in 2008 (including loan spells), Amos has made a total of 33 appearances.
The loan deal happening at this present time, will see Manchester United short of goalkeepers for their upcoming tour of South Africa, China, Norway, Sweden and Germany. It will be certain that Anders Lindegaard, will be the first choice keeper, with David de Gea set to play for Spain in the Olympics and Sam Johnstone currently with England U19 in Estonia, where they have made the semi-finals in a match against Greece this Thursday (12th July 2012). I would imagine that Sir Alex Ferguson will select either Jonny Sutherland or Pierluigi Gollini, or maybe even both for the tour period, until Sam Johnstone has returned from England U19 duty, and had a break.
I am sure that seeing one or two of the academy goalkeepers on tour, would be a good thing for their progress, and will help them come through as they need to get used to playing for one of the best (if not the best) football clubs in the world. The youth Manchester United have right now, have it all in their hands as to whether they make the grade. We have some of the best trainers and coaches, so surely the future is bright and we should be producing some talented goalkeepers for years to come.
By Paul Bienkowski