Manchester United have appointed a new senior goalkeeping coach in Richard Hartis, who worked for the club under Alex Ferguson, following David de Gea’s miserable 2018-19 campaign.
Former academy coach Hartis worked with Edwin van der Sar during Ferguson’s successful 2007-08 season and has since linked up with Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Cardiff City and Molde.
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.
However, Hartis said that he is relishing the prospect of joining Alvarez at Old Trafford.
“I am delighted to have the opportunity to return to Manchester United; a club that I know very well,” he said.
Solskjaer added: “Richard is a fantastic goalkeeping coach and has a proven track record of developing goalkeepers for winning teams.