Manuel Neuer is one of the best goalkeepers of his days. He has passed his prime but still, he can easily challenge for the top 3 goalkeeper spot.
Neuer is not only good with his hands but also his footwork is second to none. He is often deployed as a sweeper-keeper due to his brilliant footwork and ball distribution.
Current Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola always prefers a goalkeeper with good footwork. Victor Valdes at Barcelona, Manuel Neuer at Bayern Munich and Ederson at Manchester City have all flourished under Guardiola.
Neuer is exceptionally good with his feet. He is so good that Guardiola during his time at Bayern Munich wanted to play him in the midfield.
Guardiola was convinced to play Neuer as an outfield player at least in one match, only for Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge to dissuade him for doing that.
Rummenigge told the club’s official matchday magazine: “I still remember how, after winning the championship, Pep Guardiola seriously had the idea to play him [Neuer] in midfield for a game.”
“Only with great effort was I able to dissuade Pep from this idea, which some people would perhaps have interpreted as arrogance on our part. But I am convinced: Manu would have cut a good figure in midfield, too.”
Maybe Pep Guardiola will try that idea with Ederson at Manchester City someday.
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