My wife was at a Christmas party yesterday so I turned on the Manchester United game, interested/surprised to see Martin Dubravka in goal.
It actually took me a while to register.
That’s when it clicked, I was watching Martin Dubravka last night and I didn’t see any Newcastle United players.
I think there is a clear divide.
When some players leave Newcastle United and then you see them playing for another club, you immediately think that looks so bad!
Honestly last night it probably took me the better part of ten seconds, then a case of oh yeah that’s Martin Dubravka who used to play for Newcastle United.
What makes it even worse is that the goalkeeper is still a Newcastle player and was in goal for the entire second half of last season, Martin Dubravka one of the key players as he and his teammates had their third best form in the first part. the last 19 games.
NUFC’s goalkeeper in the last 19 games, keeping seven clean sheets and conceding one goal in another ten games, Martin Dubravka conceded more than one goal just twice in the last 19 PL games.
Now two things are clear to me:
Firstly, Eddie Howe has been proven absolutely right to make Nick Pope the number one at Newcastle United. Hard on Martin Dubravka but picking up Pope for £10m was just incredible business, I still can’t believe it.
Secondly, I still don’t understand why Martin Dubravka made the decision to go to Old Trafford. Man Utd’s official announcement was made on 1 September 2022 (see below) and the 33-year-old explained why he was going there.
You assumed Man Utd must have made all sorts of promises to him about playing time and so on BUT last night was only Martin Dubravka’s second time playing for them.
He hasn’t played a single minute in the Europa League which I assumed he was promised… although in the Premier League it’s no surprise he hasn’t started ahead of De Gea, BUT he’s just got it. benched four times as an unused sub.
Dubravka has started both of his Carabao Cup games and perhaps this is what he was promised, with the FA Cup also a possibility and we will find out next month.
Unlike some Newcastle fans I didn’t wish him bad luck when the one year loan to Man Utd was announced, I was just confused as to why he was doing it and now I’m even more confused. Although Man Utd won 2-0 last night, Burnley were excellent and I’m confident of things for promotion under Kompany, who for me is nailed down to be a Premier League manager, possibly even one day at Man City. They created a ton of chances and could/should have won the game, Dubravka made a few decent saves but mostly poor finishing, while the (former?) Newcastle keeper committed a couple horrible mistakes that almost led to goals.
I still don’t wish Martin Dubravka bad luck, but I think he made a ridiculous decision.
I think all Newcastle fans would have fully understood, if he had decided that after Nick Pope was number one, Martin Dubravka had ended up moving to another Premier League club, or a club abroad, as number one.
However, going to sit on the bench, or not, as it turns out (!), at Old Trafford, is pointless. When Newcastle United are in the ascendancy, he chooses to leave, rather than fight for his place, and of course there is always the chance of Nick Pope getting injured. Dubravka is a much better goalkeeper than Karl Darlow and Eddie Howe clearly agrees as Darlow sat on the bench for the second half of last season watching the then NUFC keeper impress and the rest of the first team .
I think we are now set for a very unfortunate end for Martin Dubravka at Newcastle United.
Dean Henderson will return to Old Trafford in May 2023 after his one year loan at Forest, Man Utd will tell Dubravka that he is no longer needed and they will not sign him permanently, with then… well I think not has the possibility to see it. he rejoined Newcastle United.
He turns 34 on January 15 and still has two-and-a-half years left on his Newcastle United contract until the end of June 2025.
I can only see a quiet exit for a small fee, with Martin Dubravka ending up going back to a club in one of Europe’s lower leagues, just a distant memory for Newcastle United fans and unthinking Man Utd fans in nothing
A real shame as he did very well for Newcastle United, from his first game, ironically, a clean sheet and a man of the match performance against, ironically, Man Utd in a home win for the NUFC by 1-0.
Martin Dubravka was so consistent and had very few dips in form, such a key player that two seasons in a row Rafa Benítez had Newcastle surprisingly with the seventh fewest goals conceded in the Premier League. Plus, of course, last season, once Eddie Howe came in, he reminded us once again how good he could be.
Manchester United Official Announcement – 1 September 2022:
Martin Dubravka has joined Manchester United on a season-long loan from Newcastle United, subject to registration.
The goalkeeper will spend the 2022/23 season here at United with the club’s option to make the transfer permanent.
The Slovakia international has made over 125 Premier League appearances in the last five seasons and has 29 caps for his country.
Martin Dubravka said:
“Joining Manchester United is a special moment in my career and I can’t wait to get started and help the group achieve their ambitions.
“I join an excellent group of goalkeepers with a lot of experience in the Premier League and I know we will push and support each other to keep our standards at the highest levels. The opportunity to work with David De Gea, alongside by Tom Heaton, I really like it.
“I would like to sincerely thank everyone at Newcastle United, and especially the fans, for many great experiences over the past four and a half years. I enjoyed every minute of my time there and created some amazing memories to look back on. Now I’m focused in helping Manchester United, and we’ll see what the future holds after giving everything this season. I’m excited to be here!”
Manchester United Director of Football John Murtough said:
“Martin has proven to be a top-class Premier League goalkeeper and his experience and personality will be a great addition to our strong goalkeeping group, alongside David, Tom and our younger goalkeepers. Together, they will create an environment high performance, with each of them ready to step up and play when called upon.”