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BBC Scotland's Chick Young on Goram
"His nerve won't flap on the big occasion."
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BBC Scotland
talk to Goram's past managers and fans
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Man Utd. goalkeeping coach Tony Coton
"We needed someone who can handle the big occasion"
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Former Man United goalie Alex Stepney
"They do say goalkeepers age like fine wine"
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Man Utd signing Andy Goram
"It's happened that quickly it's a surprise"
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Thursday, 22 March, 2001, 12:11 GMT
Man Utd sign veteran Goram
Fabien Barthez
Barthez is struggling with a thigh injury
Former Scottish international Andy Goram has solved Manchester United's goalkeeping problems by joining the Premiership champions in a 100,000 loan deal

The 36-year-old goalkeeper fills a gap created by Fabien Barthez and Raimond van der Gouw, who are ruled out by injury and surgery respectively.

"We need cover in the form of an experienced goalkeeper who can handle a European tie," said United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

"Andy has been in great form for Motherwell and has been proving his fitness every week.

"There is no-one better in a big-game situation - we are delighted to have him until the end of the season."


They have got the right man and it is fantastic move for him as well
  Pat Nevin

Motherwell were initially reluctant to allow Goram to join United on loan but were eventually persuaded to release him for three months after being offered financial compensation.

"We came to an agreement. It's a perfectly sensible deal if you think about it," said Motherwell director of football, Pat Nevin.

"United have been very clever - it's a clever piece of lateral thinking. They needed a goalkeeper short-term and someone who has been there before and will be able to cope with the big atmosphere.

"They have got the right man and it is fantastic move for him as well. There was no way we could stand in his way and all three parties are happy now."

Peter Schmeichel
Goram is in the same category as Schmeichel
Nevin's sentiments were backed up by Scotland goalkeeping coach Alan Hodgkinson, who said he rated Goram in the same category as Peter Schmeichel.

"I worked at Manchester United for many years with Peter Schmeichel and he rated as one of the best goalkeepers, if not the best goalkeeper," said Hodgkinson.

"I was working with two goalkeepers at the same time - I was working at Manchester United and with Scotland and I judged Andy Goram as equal with Peter Schmeichel."

United were keen to sign another keeper ahead of their Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich after Barthez joined van der Gouw on the sidelines.

Before capturing Goram, their only option was American-born teenager Paul Rachubka, who made an emergency Premiership debut against Leicester on Saturday.

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