David James: Nothing wrong with Man Utd, Spurs keeper rotations

Former Liverpool and Aston Villa goalkeeper David James agrees with the rotation policy of Manchester United and Tottenham.

Former Liverpool and Aston Villa goalkeeper David James agrees with the rotation policy of Manchester United and Tottenham.

He insists Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and ­Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas have got it spot on by rotating their keepers and plans to ­follow suit when he finally makes it into the dug-out.

“The system dictates that you have a number one ­keeper, an older, experienced back-up and a young kid as the third-choice keeper,” said James, who made his 911th club ­appearance for League One Bournemouth against Leyton Orient, to the Sunday Mirror.

“But why?

“Ferguson is ­trying something different, alternating between Anders Lindegaard and David de Gea.

“Someone like De Gea might be quicker on the ground and Lindegaard is a bit bigger and more physical. It happens with an outfield player, like Wayne Rooney. United might rest him, put him on the bench for a certain game or change the system. Why not do it with a keeper?

“Tottenham have a ­beautiful situation, where they have got two top-drawer keepers and the potential to mix and match.

“If you are open and up front about it with the two keepers, then they should be able to deal with it."

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