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How returning Reading stopper Mannone fared in the MLS

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Vito Mannone returned to Reading earlier this month, after a successful loan-spell with Major League Soccer side Minnesota United.

The ex-Arsenal stopper moved to Minnesota for a season-long loan in February last year and returned shortly after the New Year with the conclusion of the MLS season.

His side were knocked out of the MLS Cup quarter-finals by Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s LA Galaxy side, and don’t start the new domestic season until March.

So how did he fare in the US?

Mannone was hailed by fans and pundits alike throughout the season, and was named MLS goalkeeper of the season, playing over 40 games in all competitions for Minnesota.

His return to Berkshire though has been underwhelming and it’s expected that he, along with fellow high-earner Sone Aluko, will be moved on in this month’s transfer window.

Mannone, now 31, has only six months left on his Reading contract, and Mark Bowen is expected to try and cash in on him before losing him for free in the summer.

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A quality, experienced keeper for Reading, Mannone’s return has come at a bad time. The Royals have recently found a new hero in Brazilian stopper Rafael.

The 29-year-old has come into some real fine form for the Royals – he kept four-straight clean sheets through December.

The verdict

In Rafael and Manone, Reading have two top-quality goalkeepers. But Mannone is one of the many high-earners who Bowen is tasked with shifting, so expect to see him do so.

He could well land at another club in the Championship and after a highly-successful season in the States, he could easily do a job for a second-tier team back in England.


Freelance football journalist based in Sheffield. Postgraduate degree in Sports Journalism, and good experience in digital football writing and match reporting.

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