Gus Poyet has insisted that goalkeeper Vito Mannone is ‘calm’ about being linked with a move to Manchester United.
Mannone is only the first choice goalkeeper for Sunderland right now due to a long term injury to first choice goalkeeper Kieren Westwood, clearly something which Gazzetta dello Sport feels is enough for United to be interested in him.
“I think Vito is calm about everything,” Poyet told Sky Sports.
“It was a very different situation for me with Vito and Westy (to give Mannone his first Premier League start), probably one of the hardest decisions I made before Manchester City.
“Unfortunately, Westy has had an operation now and is out for another three months. But I’m calm over Vito. There are players that you can talk openly to and Vito is one of those.”
Even if Lindegaard was to join Monchengladbach in the summer, there is no way that Mannone would move to Old Trafford because we wouldn’t need him, nor would he want to given how much first team football he plays at Sunderland.
We wouldn’t bring a replacement in because Ben Amos would make the step up from the Reserves. He had successful loan spells at Carlisle United and Hull City and would be ready to deputise for David de Gea.
As Lindegaard found out this year, De Gea is United’s undisputed No. 1 goalkeeper now that he has fully established himself and our second choice keeper will only get the occasional appearance, so there is no reason why we would pay to bring somebody in when we could promote an able and ready youngster.