Ander Herrera puts in a brilliant audition to replace David De Gea at Manchester United

Midfielder goes between the sticks on pre-season tour

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The future of David De Gea remains far from certain, with Real Madrid's pursuit of the Manchester United goalkeeper ongoing.

The latest reports suggest Manchester United might retain the Spain international for another year and that Real Madrid are willing to wait and secure his signature for free once his Old Trafford contract expires in 12 months time.

But having let Iker Casillas leave, the Spanish club would ideally sign De Gea this summer.

It's a situation that has Manchester United keeping an eye out for potential replacements, even more so after De Gea's understudy, Victor Valdes, was not selected for the club's pre-season tour of the United States.

De Gea in pre-season training


But whilst the club's scouts scour the globe, perhaps they should simply monitor their own training sessions.

Ander Herrera was filmed between the sticks on Wednesday pulling off some theatrical saves during shooting practice that suggest a promotion from within could be all that is needed.

Antonio Valencia and Ander Herrera

Herrera isn't the only outfield Manchester United player who enjoys pulling on the goalkeeper gloves from time to time, with captain Wayne Rooney a fan of indulging in some shot stopping practice.