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Manchester United To Bid For Sunderland Stopper?

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Are Sunderland considering an unlikely change between the sticks?

Laurence Griffiths

Vito Mannone could be a surprise target for Manchester United, if reports in Italy are to be believed.

The Gazzetta Dello Sport claim David Moyes hopes to take the Italian to Old Trafford to act as deputy for established number one David de Gea. We are not quite sure what to make of it, to be honest.

On the one hand, the reports make no sense at all. If Mannone wanted to be an understudy at a huge club, he could have stayed at Arsenal. Many fans - myself included - weren't all that happy with his arrival this summer but with regular football he has made mugs of us all, ramming weekly portions of humble pie down our throats with a string of outstanding performances.

Yet, on the other hand, it all kind of tallies with Gus Poyet's recent comments about 'liking' South American goalkeepers and insisting that reported target Mariano Andujar is a player for whom he has lots of admiration.

Andujar himself is thought to have ruled out a move unless it guarantees him first team football as he is worried about losing his place in the Argentina squad for the World Cup this summer. So it all kind of all fits and makes sense without making any sense at all.

After all, if it isn't broken, then why fix it? Mannone has been one of Sunderland's best and most consistent players this season. There seems little point in taking a chance that someone else might be just as good.