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30th June 2021 23:02

Manchester United goalkeeper joins Stags on loan
mansfieldtown.net, Thur 24 June 2021

Mansfield Town is delighted to announce the loan signing of goalkeeper Nathan Bishop from Manchester United until the end of the season.

After emerging from Southend United’s youth academy, Bishop made his League debut for the Essex club, aged just 18, in December 2017.


He went on to make 30 appearances in League One before landing a move to Manchester United in January 2020.

The Londoner has provided excellent support for his fellow goalkeepers throughout the last two seasons at Old Trafford.

Speaking about signing the England Under-20 international, Stags’ boss Nigel Clough said: “Nathan is a promising young goalkeeper with good experience in League One with Southend.

“For a young goalkeeper, to get those 30 games in League One was great for him.

“He showed a degree of maturity in that time, which will have hopefully improved further in the past 12 months.

“Although he hasn’t played too much in the past year, he has trained with Manchester United’s first team every day, which is the next best thing to playing matches.

“You cannot fail to improve in that environment with United’s coaches and playing staff.

“He is the best we can get in this position,” he added.

Bishop will remain with United for the beginning of pre-season before joining up with The Stags at an agreed time ahead of the Sky Bet League Two campaign.


Manchester United goalkeeper Nathan Bishop seals loan exit
24 JUN 2021

Manchester United youth team goalkeeper Nathan Bishop has signed for League Two side Mansfield on loan for the 2021/22 season.

Bishop joined United from Southend United in January 2020 after featuring 39 times for their first-team and was part of the first-team set up in training working alongside the likes of David De Gea, Dean Henderson, Lee Grant and Sergio Romero.

But in order to gain some first-team experience next season, he has been allowed to leave the club on a season-long loan deal and will join Mansfield for the entirety of the campaign.

Bishop will remain with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side throughout their pre-season campaign, with several first-team stars likely to miss a chunk of the pre-season due to their participation in this summer's European Championships with their national teams.

The 21-year-old will then join the Stags at an agreed time before the official season curtain-raiser, and he will play under Nigel Clough as he looks to earn a first-team spot.

Bishop made two appearances for the United Under-23 side last season but more regular minutes will only aid the young goalkeeper, who is a regular in the England Under-20's squad at international level.

He is very highly rated amongst staff and coaches at the club and it's believed that he could have a future with the first-team in the future. United 's official statement announcing the move wished him the best of luck and said they would be keeping a close eye on his performances at the One Call Stadium.


Nathan Bishop told iFollow Stags

"I'm delighted, I'm really excited for what the season has to come, and it was a move I couldn't wait for."
"I'm a young keeper. I need the games to develop my career."
(On his qualities as a keeper) "I'm loud, crosses, being a character, and keeping the ball out of the net however it's done!"
(On coming in as the no.1 keeper) "Yes, I'd like to hope so, just get games in and really be passionate for the club and give everything I've got."
(On what he needs to develop) "Learning to hold on to wins, clean sheets, and things like that, and help the team."
"I know Macca (Stephen McLaughlin) from Southend and he was telling me it's a top club and a top place to be."
"I was 5th or 4th choice at Man Utd and on the odd occasion I was lucky to be 3rd and I made it onto the bench in the Premier League and Europa league which was a great experience."
(On the plan building up to pre-season) "The plan is keep working hard and get ready to run!"

transcribed by Martin


Manchester United keeper Nathan Bishop so excited to join Mansfield Town on loan
chad.co.uk, By John Lomas

The 21-year-old will link up with Stags after spending some of pre-season at Old Trafford and said: “I am delighted and I am really excited about what the season has to come for me - it was definitely a move I couldn't wait for.

Manchester United goalkeeper Nathan Bishop said he is excited about his season-long loan move to Mansfield Town.

“The manager, the promise, the excitement around the club - everything.

“I have been here. I have seen the games. I know what it's about. I have watched clips. I can't wait to put on the shirt.”


Explaining why Mansfield looked a great move, he said: “It's the desire.

“The club is going in the right direction. It's going up and up since the gaffer came in in November. That's all that matters

“I definitely wanted to go out on loan. I am a young keeper and I needed the games. That was the most important thing, to develop my career.”

Bishop is loving life at United after his January 2020 move from Southend United, where he played 30 League One games.

“It's been incredible,” he smiled. “It's been a whirlwind of a journey. And it hasn't stopped. It's been outstanding - what a club to be at.

“It is intense and you are constantly learning every single day and every single minute.

“The coaching staff, the players - every individual wants to teach you something. It's like school again and learning every day is the most exciting thing and developing as a keeper.

“You learn tactical and technical things but how to be a good human being as well really - how to carry yourself. They're at the top end and they are great, great people.

“I was always around fourth or fifth choice and on the odd occasion was lucky enough to be third choice.

“I made it onto the bench in the Premier League and Europa League - that alone was a great experience.”

Bishop was thrown in for a Southend debut at 18 and said: “It gave me the ability to mature a bit earlier at Southend - or I hope that's what it gave me.

“I had to grow up, being thrown in at the deep end and be ready to see what the league has to give.

“It gave me the experience to learn to hold my own - boys that have played in the league for 15 years coming up against you, bullying you or giving you a hard time.

“You have to learn to adapt to that and you've got to know how to give some back and hold your own.”

He added: “I am loud. Just being a character and keeping the ball out of the net, they're the most important things to me, however it's done.”

On ambitions for his time at Mansfield, he said: “I'd like to hope I'd be number one. I want to get games in. I am really passionate for the club and I will give everything I've got.

“I want to lead and I want to help people and be helped. I want people to teach me and lead me through.

“It was definitely about coming to get games but it was about coming to put a stamp on myself and learn my trade, really improve myself as a goalie and help Mansfield, be a part of the community and improve myself.

“I am expecting League Two to be tough and competitive. I expect passion and desire from all the clubs and the fans.”

He continued: “There is plenty for me to develop. There is always room for improvement. Going on and playing minutes, learning to hold onto wins and clean sheets. Learning to mature and help the team.

“It's so exciting to be playing in front of fans. To come to a club like Mansfield is not something you can turn down.

“I know Macca (Stephen McLaughlin) from Southend and he was telling me it was a top club and a top place to be.

“It's now time to work hard, get ready to run and be part of the group.”



John Radford @JRadfordMTFC
Welcome to Nathan Bishop, who joins us on a season-long loan from Manchester United.
Nathan has League One experience with Southend and doubtless has enhanced his skills further at Old Trafford in the past 18 months.
A warm welcome to Mansfield, Nathan.

David Sharpe @DavidSharpe91
Fixtures out today and another signing completed!! Welcome to the stags @natthb13! Joining us on a season long loan from Manchester Utd. Look forward to seeing him in action between the sticks!


lou_x3x (Louise Stech, Marek Stech's wife)
Ain’t they your gloves babe ;-)



Jun 20
twitter Alan Nixon @reluctantnicko (The Sun)
Mansfield. Keen to snap up keeper Nathan Bishop from Man U.

Nathan Bishop to leave Manchester United on loan
21 June 2021, United Journal
Manchester United goalkeeper looks set to leave Manchester United on loan this summer to join League Two club Mansfield Town, according to reports.
According to journalist Jonathan Shrager, a deal has been agreed between the Premier League giant and the League Two club which will see the young United goalkeeper leave the club on a temporary basis in the ongoing summer transfer window. A confirmation regarding the same is expected this week.
Jonathan also adds that various clubs, including the likes of Carlisle United, Exeter City, Oldham Athletic, Tranmere Rovers, ‘enquired about potentially taking Nathan Bishop on loan from the Old Trafford club next season, but Bishop now looks set to join Mansfield for the whole of the next season.

21 June 2021, by Harry Mail

Mansfield Town are interested in Manchester United goalkeeper Nathan Bishop, according to journalist Alan Nixon on Twitter.

Mansfield Town are keen to bring the young ‘keeper in on loan for next season.

Bishop, who is 21-years-old, could be loaned out by Manchester United to get some first-team experience under his belt.

The England youth international started his career at Southend United and rose up through the youth ranks at Roots Hall.

The London-born stopper went on to play 39 appearances for the Shrimpers’ first-team.

Manchester United then made a surprise move to sign him in January 2020 on a two-and-half year deal.

Bishop has since played for the Red Devils’ Under-23s side but could be in line for a loan move away to the Football League next term.

Mansfield will be aiming for promotion from League Two next season and have identified the United man as a potential summer addition.

Bishop is a highly-rated young goalkeeper and would be a decent coup for the Stags if they are able to bring him in on loan.

He could do with getting some more first-team experience under his belt and a switch to Nigel Clough’s side would be ideal for him.

Mansfield have a big summer ahead of them and need to get their recruitment right.



Nathan Bishop & his unique role at Manchester United
12 Jan 2021, By Jamie Spencer


Manchester United handed 21-year-old goalkeeper Nathan Bishop a new contract this week, extending his deal with the club until the summer of 2023.

Bishop has never played a first-team game for United, but the level of love and respect his teammates have posted on social media in the wake of Monday’s announcement is telling about how popular he is and how he conducts himself on a day-to-day basis.

Fellow goalkeeper David de Gea replied to United’s post on Instagram with a 'heart eyes' emoji, while Juan Mata called Bishop a ‘top guy and top professional’.

The comments from other colleagues on social media were similar, with Bruno Fernandes labelling him a ‘top lad’ and saying he is an ‘amazing professional’.

Scott McTominay added: “This makes me happy seeing this. What a professional.”

Contrary to assumption, Bishop is not United’s Under-23 goalkeeper. He has only made one appearance in any competition this season, in the EFL Trophy against Salford City, and the club’s usual reserve team stoppers have been Ondrej Mastny and Paul Woolston.

Instead, seemingly the best way of summing up Bishop’s role at Old Trafford is to borrow a term from the NFL and refer to him as a member of the ‘practice squad’. That is to say, he trains every day with the first team and works closely with senior goalkeeping trio De Gea, Dean Henderson and Lee Grant, but he is not really in proper contention to play games…or even get on the bench.

Bishop is obviously eligible to play, unlike actual NFL ‘practice squad’ players. But as United’s fourth choice goalkeeper his contributions on the training pitch are much more important at this stage and are obviously keenly felt by his teammates, given their reaction to his reward of a new contract.

Bishop joined United in January 2020 from League Two Southend, initially signing a contract until 2022. His arrival actually caused some confusion when he reported for his medical, with one senior local journalist mistaking him for Norwegian midfielder Sander Berge, who United had previously scouted but was already on the verge of joining Sheffield United.

The goalkeeper had not long turned 20 when he made the switch to Manchester, but already had a good amount of first-team experience under his belt for one so young.

Bishop had become first choice at Southend midway through the 2018/19 season and was then in and out of the struggling team again in 2019/20. United scouts obviously saw enough potential in him to recommend him and the deal was done at the end of the January window.

For Bishop now, the aim has to be to keep training and continue impressing the people he is working with. He will develop at United, which will either put him better into contention for a place in the team, or at least prepare him for a good career elsewhere, while serving the club in the meantime.


Manchester United goalkeeper Nathan Bishop signs new contract
11 JAN 2021, By Josh Challies


21-year-old goalkeeper Nathan Bishop has signed a new contract at Man Utd.

Nathan Bishop has spoken about his aims for the future with Manchester United after penning a new deal with the club that runs until 2023.

The 21-year-old was signed from Southend United last year and is due to leave on loan in the January transfer window to further his development.

A new deal shows the faith that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has in the young stopper though and he's spoken about his delight on penning a new deal with United, as well as his hope for an upcoming loan spell.

"It’s an amazing club and I’m delighted to be here, and to extend my stay even longer is just incredible," he told the club's official website.

"The feeling I had the first day I walked through the door hasn’t changed. Driving down the lane at the training ground and coming in the door - it’s the same feeling every day, I’m just delighted to be here.

"It’s the biggest club in the world and it’s unbelievable to be around the players here. It’s a year since I joined and it literally feels the same.

"You learn your trade in playing games, that’s the most exciting thing, playing games and preparing for them. I’m very excited to step out and hopefully be able to play for a team and put all the year’s work into that.

"When I made my debut [for Southend] I was very excited and I was young and eager to do everything and be really on it. But I think that enthusiasm can sometimes be draining. I only played 45 minutes but I remember those 45 minutes were the quickest and most draining of my life.

"Now I’m ready to hopefully step into an environment and hopefully play 90 minutes and be able to even lead people and help people, and trust in them knowing they have trust in me; that’s what I’m really excited for.”



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