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Manchester United complete first January signing

Manchester United have completed the signing of Jack Butland from Crystal Palace, according to Fabrizio Romano. 

The 29-year-old has completed his medical and will now move to Old Trafford on a loan deal which doesn’t have a buy option. 

The Red Devils were in the market for a new goalkeeper after Martin Dubravka’s loan spell was cut short by Newcastle United. 

Dubravka made two appearances across all competitions for United before rejoining his parent club. 

Now Butland will serve as David de Gea’s deputy at United. 

The England international’s contract at Selhurst Park expires in the summer but the Eagles have the option to extend it by another year. 

Man Utd need to sign a striker 

David de Gea is the number one goalkeeper at United. He has been brilliant between the sticks this season and is unlikely to give many opportunities to Butland. 

De Gea also wasn’t involved at the 2022 World Cup, so he has received sufficient rest. 

Butland’s involvement is likely to be limited to a few appearances in the Carabao Cup or FA Cup

However, United have made the right decision by signing another goalkeeper as the worst-case scenario of an injury to their main man is also a possibility. 

But now they are close to announcing their first signing in January, United must also step up efforts to bring in a new striker. 

Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure has left the Red Devils with only a single recognised senior centre-forward in Anthony Martial. 

And though Martial has produced some reasonable performances, the Frenchman is rarely available due to injuries.

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