Manchester United have appointed former academy coach Richard Hartis as the new goalkeeping coach the club has confirmed.

Hartis who worked for the club under Alex Ferguson’s successful 2007-08 season has linked up with Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after working with him at Cardiff City and Molde.

Hartis, as quoted by United’s website, said: "I am delighted to have the opportunity to return to Manchester United; a club that I know very well," he said.

"I have a great relationship with Ole and me fully understand his philosophy; the chance to work with him again is really exciting.

Excellent Group

"David, Sergio [Romero], Lee [Grant] and Dean [Henderson] is an excellent group of goalkeepers and I am also looking forward to working with Emilio and the rest of the goalkeeping coaches to develop them immense talent at the club."

The 51-year-old returns to United after a tough year for De Gea, previously a consistent performer, who came in for criticism due to numerous high-profile errors.

Emilio Alvarez said to be close to De Gea, has been United's senior goalkeeping coach since 2016, but reports this week suggested he could be set to leave the club.

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