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Manchester United goalkeeping coach Emilio Álvarez leaves club

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Ole Gunnar Solskjær has deemed him surplus to requirements.

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Manchester United have confirmed the departure of goalkeeping coach Emilio Álvarez. The 47-year-old Spaniard had been at the club since 2016, but has been deemed surplus to requirements after the arrival of Richard Hartis as senior goalkeeper coach in the summer. Hartis has previously worked alongside Ole Gunnar Solskjær at Cardiff and Molde.

Álvarez initially moved to Manchester United to work alongside David de Gea, with the pair having previously established a productive relationship at Atlético Madrid. According to ESPN, Álvarez was responsible for de Gea’s promotion to the first team as a teenager, having recommended him to the then-manager Quique Sánchez Flores.

Back in April, Álvarez said that he expected to leave after the sacking of José Mourinho, but that the club told him to stay. Alas, Solskjær has now changed his mind — perhaps in view of de Gea’s extended spell of poor form. “I would like to thank Emilio for all the help and hard work since my return to the club,” the United boss said. “We all wish him well for the future.”