D.C. United’s head coach and Manchester United legend, Wayne Rooney, has personally included Djordje Petrovic, a rumoured Manchester United prospect, in his roster for the MLS All-Star squad.
Rooney, who is set to manage an assembled team of the finest MLS talents in a marquee exhibition match against Arsenal, selected the Serbian goalkeeper from New England Revolution among his 12 picks for the All-Star squad. The match is slated for July 19 at D.C. United’s Audi Field.
Aged just 23, Petrovic has had an extraordinary rise in the American football scene, making his selection by Rooney a significant endorsement. Arriving as a relatively unknown figure just over a year ago, Petrovic’s impressive tally of six clean sheets in his first 16 MLS games quickly drew attention.
His performance didn’t wane, earning him the club’s MVP title last season, and he also finished as runner-up in the MLS Best Goalkeeper vote in his inaugural season with the Revolution. This season, he’s continued to shine, already recording six clean sheets from 18 appearances.
His accomplishments have not only turned heads within MLS, but also across the Atlantic. According to Manchester Evening News, United see Petrovic as a potential solution to their current goalkeeping quandaries.
David de Gea, the club’s veteran goalkeeper, is yet to sign a new contract and is expected to leave Old Trafford at the end of June. Jack Butland, another backup option, has already made his move to Rangers in Scotland, while Tom Heaton is also likely to seek greener pastures this summer for more playing time.