Date: 28th January 2011 at 11:17pm
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The search for United’s new number 1 has seen fall back on familiarity.

With the legend of still looming large at Old Trafford, brought in Anders Lindegaard, also a Dane, and with on his way out of the club in May, will replace him with a fellow country man in keeper according to quotes attributed to first team coach René Meulensteen.

A number of names have been thrown around including David De Gea, Manuel Neurer and Rene Adler. Stekelenburg has been mentioned but nowhere as much as these 3 so to hear him confirmed as the number one target to replace Van Der Sar is a mild surprise.

The 6 ft 6 keeper is just 28 thus has years ahead of him between the sticks and comes with a glowing reference from the departing Van Der Sar who will have been aware of his rise through the ranks at his old club Ajax.

Meulensteen, who is also stated:

“Stekelenburg is indeed the goalkeeper who is at the top of our wanted list. We have naturally been talking a lot among ourselves about who should replace Van der Sar. Alex Ferguson has spoken about Stekelenburg with Edwin and that does not seem strange to me at all.”

The keeper who reached the Final with Holland this past summer could be costly as Ajax will now be aware that he is on our radar.