“It was serious with Manchester United”

Daniel Bachmann is back as Watford’s number one goalkeeper after being relegated from the Premier League and is in good form. The Austrian almost ended up at Manchester United in the summer.

After a difficult phase at Watford, Daniel Bachmann is again a regular goalkeeper in the English Championship. In the previous season, before relegation, the 28-year-old had to stay on the bench for a long time. The rumors about a possible sale were correspondingly intense. Above all, Manchester United tried to get the ÖFB keeper.

“There have been talks with Manchester United. That’s no secret. Of course it’s great to be associated with such a club. It was also a serious story. There were negotiations between the clubs and of course between me and the clubs. In the end, however, I’m still a Watford player and I’m very happy about it. Because I play here regularly, bring in my performances and hopefully can play a role in the national team again,” reveals Bachmann in an interview laola1.

The Red Devils were looking for a capable backup for David De Gea and Newcastle United’s Martin Dúbravka was brought in for the role. “Obviously if I had gone to Man United it would have been number two. That’s quite clear because in David de Gea they have a top goalkeeper who has been one of the best, if not, over the last ten years was the best goalie in the Premier League,” said Bachmann.

Bachmann continued: “It sounds amazing to say I play for Manchester United. But I’m a soccer player and I want to play soccer. So I think I wouldn’t have been happy if I really just sat on the bench – at least compared to my current situation, in which I can play freely in a great team in a great league.”


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