Following the announcement of Jack Butland’s loan transfer to Manchester United, a since-deleted tweet has come back to haunt him.

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The former England international moved to Old Trafford to cover for and compete against Tom Heaton and David de Gea.

Butland comes from Crystal Palace, where he made just 17 appearances in just under three years, and will stay until the end of the current campaign.

He pledged never to do that, but now he joins United to serve as De Gea’s understudy.

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A fan asked if he would sign for United and be “happy being number 2”.

Butland responded: “Would never move to be a number 2!”

The goalkeeper responded on social media while representing Stoke at the time, but that post has since been deleted.

He moved to Palace from bet365 Stadium but was unable to establish himself as the No. 1.

Butland has also been sidelined the entire season due to a finger injury, but he reports to United in good physical condition.

He teams up with Heaton, a former teammate from England, and De Gea, a longtime United player.

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Butland said: “This is an amazing club and one that I am now proud to represent.

“I’m really looking forward to working with an unbelievable goalkeeping group, supporting each other every day to create the best training and playing environment for the team.

“I’ve played against David De Gea and represented England alongside Tom Heaton; they are top-class keepers, and I am relishing the opportunity to compete alongside and support them as team-mates.

“There is a lot that this group can achieve this season and I’m excited to play my part in helping everyone to reach these ambitions.”

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