Manchester United made six senior signings in the summer – but one of them could be reversing after just half a season.
As the Erik ten Hag era began at Old Trafford, Manchester United brought in Tyrell Malacia, Christian Eriksen, Lisandro Martinez, Casemiro, Antony and Martin Dubravka over the summer.
Most of their new additions have been showing positive signs so far. Martinez has been winning over his doubters, while Casemiro and Eriksen have become regular features in midfield.
Malacia is providing decent competition at left-back, while Antony remains a work in progress but has been making some contributions.
The one arrival who is yet to get going is Dubravka. Indeed, after joining on loan from Newcastle, the goalkeeper is yet to make his debut for the club.
The form of David de Gea prompted a loan exit for Dean Henderson in the summer, allowing Dubravka to come in and fill the void. But so far, Ten Hag has seen enough good things from De Gea to not feel the need to use his new backup option.
Even in the Europa League, when it might have been a good chance to rotate, De Gea was ever-present. The chances are that he will retain his starting role for the three remaining fixtures before the World Cup break.
Dubravka, meanwhile, should be watching on from the bench, just like he has done on 10 occasions already this season.
Joining Manchester United might be a dream move for a lot of players. But this isn’t exactly what Dubravka might have been wishing for. Although it would have been unrealistic to expect to dislodge De Gea, there may have been little logic behind the move if he knew he wasn’t even going to get a minute.
Therefore, there is now a chance that Dubravka could be looking for an early way out of Old Trafford.
As reported by Chronicle Live, Newcastle have an option to recall Dubravka from his loan spell in January.
Howe discusses Dubravka future amid Newcastle return option
And their head coach Eddie Howe has confirmed he will be talking to the 33-year-old about his plans.
Howe told Chronicle Live: “I think he is an outstanding goalkeeper. I really do and I will have a chat with Martin as time progresses.
“I won’t speak now as he is in the middle of a busy period as we are. There will be a time when I will sit down with him and have a chat and see what he wants to do next.”
Asked about Dubravka’s lack of opportunity at Manchester United, Howe added: “It’s difficult for me to comment. I don’t know what goes on at any other football club.
“All I will say is I love Martin as a lad. He did brilliantly for us last year and he is an outstanding goalkeeper and I will have a chat with him at the right time.”
And even though Newcastle have brought in new goalkeepers like Nick Pope and Loris Karius in recent months, Howe would not rule out Dubravka having a future back on Tyneside.
He concluded: “Of course yeah the door is still open. A lot depends on what Martin wants. We will take it from there.”
The Slovakia international has a contract with his parent club that is due to last until 2025.
Of course, if they recall him, Manchester United would have to work out how to fill the void. Their other backup goalkeeper is Tom Heaton, who has even more experience but has been out of the limelight for a while.
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