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Manchester United technical director set to re-sign former teammate, he’s played with 3 Red Devils players before

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Manchester United are closing in on a move for Crystal Palace goalkeeper Jack Butland, with The Athletic reporting he is set to undergo a medical.

Butland is set to sign on loan until the end of the season, providing depth after Martin Dubravka returned to Newcastle.

The 29-year-old is an experienced goalkeeper who has played for England nine times, and this has seen him play alongside three current Manchester United players before.

  • Luke Shaw: 5 times
  • Phil Jones: 4 times
  • Harry Maguire: 3 times

Of this trio, Shaw and Maguire are players Butland could feature alongside for Manchester United’s first team, if he gets an opportunity, should United elect to rotate David de Gea.

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Former United players Butland has played alongside

Butland has an impressive cast of former Manchester United teammates he has played alongside. One notable name is Darren Fletcher.

Fletcher is Manchester United’s technical director. He played with Butland during his late career spell at Stoke City between 2017 and 2019.

Club legends Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick played alongside Butland briefly for England, while one other notable name is Ryan Giggs.

  • Ryan Shawcross: 96 times
  • Mame Biram Diouf: 85 times
  • Darren Fletcher: 35 times
  • Nick Powell: 26 times
  • Wilfried Zaha: 24 times
  • Jesse Lingard: 13 times
  • Scott Wootton: 11 times
  • Will Keane: 9 times
  • Danny Pugh: 8 times
  • Ryan Giggs: 3 times
  • Danny Welbeck: 3 times
  • Ashley Young: 2 times
  • Michael Carrick: 1 time
  • Chris Smalling: 1 time
  • Wayne Rooney: 1 time

Butland briefly played alongside Ryan Giggs at the Olympics 2012, playing for Great Britain, a side which the Welshman captained.

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