Date: 20th February 2012 at 12:22pm
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If Man City are to achieve any success this season, a large part of it will be down to their man between the sticks.

Since usurping Shay Given’s place as number one at City, Joe Hart has quickly grown into one of, if not the best, keepers in the country and the £600k that City spent take to take him off Shrewsbury’s hands is looking like brilliant business.

His performances have also made him England’s number one and some have thrown his hat into the ring to be England’s captain following John Terry being stripped of the armband.

United signed potential star David De Gea when Edwin van der Sar called time on his career last summer, but things could have been very very different according to Sir Alex.

Speaking to Radio 5 Live, Sir Alex revealed he made somewhat of a faux pax in regards to Hart:

“I could have bought Joe Hart for £100,000 so we all make mistakes.

“I’ve no doubt [that Hart will be England goalkeeper for the next 10 years].

“If you look at the England goalkeeper situation for the last 20 years, I would think he’s easily the best.”


4 responses to “Sir Alex Admits Goalkeeper ‘Mistake’”

  1. derek says:

    why talk about it now??it’s utter many times I’ve read that SAF has regretted for not buying this players et al..what we have to do is to help the development of DDG which I think could be a very2 top goalkeeper in the future..

  2. Andrew says:

    I’m sure there have been hundreds of players that we could have signed but never did. Zinedine Zidane is the best player I ever saw and Ferguson decided not to sign him after Euro 96. When a manager has been in control for 25 years he is bound to miss out on some players and make some mistakes.

    We had Ben Foster and we all thought he was going to be the England goalkeeper for years, but he never reached that level. I agree with @Derek and we should focus on ensuring David De Gea develops into one of the best goalkeepers in the world now. He has only been with us for 6 months and he has made mistakes, but he has made some great saves as well. We will see a difference when he has been with us for 12-18 months.

  3. JETELINHO says:

    I HAVE FULL TRUST IN DDG, I MEAN ´ATM´ … Must admit I don´t read the paper´s rubbish regrding him anymore.
    facts (I mean FACTS, NOT what was said by FSW …):
    – 20ys old
    – GK (!!!)
    – new in the team
    – new in the league & country
    – 20 ys old
    – GK (!!!!!!)
    … & made like 2-3 mistakes in 7 months (at most) = AND WHAT?!?!?!
    btw: i.e. the 1st goal in fa cup at ansh… – why the hell do the press adress this to GK??? it is beyond me, really – he had like 5-6 players in front of him, it is more of a def´s job! etc.!

    (no1 mentioned Pepe-the clown´s mistake at Pity – or was just a GIFT? not for the 1st time by the bloody scouse then!)

    David & Anders are good atm & will be the best pair of keepers for ys to come, do NOT miss hart at all.
    regards, jet

  4. RedScot says:

    Hells bells, every-body makes errors.
    Its not the end of the world, if you do.
    Hart in fairness is a cracking keeper.
    We in my opinion have three great keepers, slightly different ages and qualities, but will grow in time, with patience.
    None of de Gea’s errors would have been so over analysed if he had not been a United keeper.
    Some smart arses just want to say, and will continue now to bang the drum….’I told you so’, when the ‘young’ Spaniard slips up.
    If only he had, had a settled defence behind him for the season so far.
    I firmly believe we would not be discussing this.
    Nobody would be bullying Nemanja Vidic in front of the young de Gea.
    Once he learns English and continues in the gym, building physique, with a stable defence he in my opinion will be world class.
    The likely holder of the gloves in the World cup for Spain in two years and six years time.