- Alex Stepney (1966-78):
Alex Stepney was the one to replace Harry Gregg and it was a debut to remember as United beat their rivals Manchester City 1-0. United’s European Cup triumph in May, 1968 made Stepney the first English goalkeeper to achieve this feat. Stepney was a very reliable figure between the sticks with his sharp positioning and leadership to keep his defence alerted. He kept 175 clean sheets for United, seeing different era of football at the club in his tenure with the Red Devils.
- Edwin Van Der Sar (2005-11):
It was difficult to replace Kasper Schmeichel as United went for 10 different goalkeepers before going for Van Der Sar. The Dutchman was wanted by Sir Alex Ferguson from a long time and after getting him, the Scottish manager only went on to achieve more success. In his spell with United, Van Der Sar went on to win four Premier league titles, a UEFA Champions league title, the league cup and the Club World Cup. Van Der Sar’s presence between the sticks provided a huge amount of reliability and success at United.
- Harry Gregg (1957-66):
Harry Gregg was the hero for both United and humanity during the Munich tragedy as he managed to pull out some more survivors during the incident. The Munich tragedy did change a lot of things at United but Harry stayed with the club fighting for it and played an important role in rebuilding and recovering the club from the unexpected tragedy. He was arguably one of the finest goalkeepers of his generation and will always be remembered as one of the great United players.
- David De Gea (2011-present):
There are not enough words to describe the greatness of David De Gea between the sticks. The former Atletico Madrid man struggled in his early days at United and in the Premier League but it was just a bump before an amazing time with the Red Devils. In spite of United’s woes post Sir Alex’s retirement, De Gea has stood out as one of their best players if not the best. His athletic and shot-stopping abilities combined with his reflexes have offered United a lot of help time and again and hopefully De Gea gets to achieve more success at United.
- Kasper Schmeichel (1991-99):
Schmeichel was a beast of a presence between the sticks for United under Sir Alex. He was the leader United needed at the back to keep his defenders on their toes. His aggressive style of play not only saved goals for United but also helped keeping that mentality instilled in his fellow players. He has also been involved in scoring goals from corners as the Great Dane has achieved the most success by a goalkeeper at United. His last season saw him win the Treble with United and only had it stayed with the Red Devils longer, he could have achieved a lot more.