Manchester United have blocked backup shot-stopper Tom Heaton’s move to Luton Town amid the growing uncertainty of David De Gea’s future according to The Daily Telegraph’s Sam Wallace.
Heaton, 37, had been given assurances by Premier League new boys Luton Town that he would be their new number one after spending the last three years as a backup goalkeeper at Aston Villa and then at the Red Devils without making a single league appearance in that time.
— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 29, 2023
Tom Heaton set to become new number two at Red Devils
Heaton was thought to be behind De Gea and England international Dean Henderson in the pecking order to be the United number one, but with the Spaniard set to be out of contract at Old Trafford after today, and Henderson set to seek first-team chances elsewhere, United boss Erik Ten Hag has stepped in the way of Heaton’s imminent Old Trafford departure to ensure he has a reliable number two choice goalkeeper in the case of an injury next season.
Ten Hag’s decision will not affect United going into the market this summer to find a new first-choice keeper this summer, however, with Emiliano Martinez, Diogo Costa, and Inter Milan’s Andre Onana all linked.