Manchester United sign Jack Butland on loan from Crystal Palace for rest of season

Done deal: Jack Butland has joined Manchester United  (Getty Images)
Done deal: Jack Butland has joined Manchester United (Getty Images)

Manchester United have confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Jack Butland from Crystal Palace.

The former England shot-stopper will serve as back-up to first-choice keeper David de Gea following Martin Dubravka's return to Newcastle. United also have Tom Heaton and Nathan Bishop on their books.

Butland has failed to make an appearance for Palace this season and jumped at the chance for moving to Old Trafford.

Butland said: “This is an amazing club and one that I am now proud to represent. I’m really looking forward to working with an unbelievable goalkeeping group, supporting each other every day to create the best training and playing environment for the team.

“I’ve played against David de Gea and represented England alongside Tom Heaton; they are top-class ‘keepers, and I am relishing the opportunity to compete alongside and support them as team-mates.

“There is a lot that this group can achieve this season and I’m excited to play my part in helping everyone to reach these ambitions.”

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John Murtough, Manchester United football director, said: “Jack is an excellent goalkeeper with great experience throughout his career. His mentality and personality will be a real asset to our superb group of goalkeepers and the whole squad.

"Jack joins David, Tom and our young keepers to form a strong group who will all support each other in creating an optimum training and playing environment. We’re all looking forward to welcoming him into the group.”