Date: 4th January 2023 at 12:56pm
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Manchester United recorded a fourth consecutive Premier League victory as they defeated Bournemouth 3-0 on Tuesday. 

The Red Devils ran out winners at Old Trafford courtesy of goals from Casemiro, Luke Shaw and Marcus Rashford, and they now sit fourth in the Premier League table, level on points with third-placed Newcastle United.

On Sunday, The Magpies recalled Martin Dubravka from his season-long loan deal at Old Trafford, leaving Erik ten Hag short of options in the goalkeeping department.

Now, though, it appears that United are close to sourcing a replacement for the Slovakian ‘keeper.

According to The Telegraph, The Red Devils are in talks to sign Crystal Palace’s Jack Butland.

The 29-year-old has been with The Eagles since October 2020, but has made just 17 appearances for the club in that time.

He has provided cover for first choice Vincent Guaita throughout his time at Selhurst Park, and has more recently been dropped to third choice following the arrival of Sam Johnstone.

Butland hasn’t played for Palace since last season

With Dubravka having been recalled, United have been left with Tom Heaton as the only senior player to provide cover for first choice David de Gea.

With that in mind, they are trying to agree a loan deal for Butland, who has been capped by England nine times at senior level.

This term, the ex-Birmingham City man has failed to make a single appearance for The Eagle in any competition, and it appears increasingly likely that he could be sent out on loan.

A loan deal for Butland would suit United, as it would allow them a short-term solution to their lack of goalkeeping options, giving them time to source a long-term replacement over the summer.

United’s number one, De Gea, has improved his performances of late after a poor start to the season.

The Spaniard was heavily criticised for his performance in The Red Devils’ 4-0 defeat to Brentford in August, but has since recovered well and has played a crucial part in lifting his side up the table.

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