Manchester United must keep David De Gea at all costs

It used to be N’Golo Kante, the Chelsea midfielder who it was said, covered around 21% of the earth’s space. However, that title is now the property of Manchester United shotstopper, David de Gea who is setting the bar for other goalkeepers in the whole of Europe. For clean sheets per match, De Gea is at the front of top football betting sites. The player arrived in England as a scrawny 19-year old in 2011 tasked with the responsibility of replacing long-term ‘keeper, Edwin Van Der Sar who had retired that summer.

He was heralded as the great hope of Spanish football and tipped as the perfect replacement for Spanish goalkeeping legend, Iker Casillas, who himself predicted that the then Atletico goalie would send them all to retirement. Seven years at Old Trafford has seen him become perhaps the best in the world in his department, but he’s not short of admirers.

Spanish champions, Real Madrid are long term admirers of the 6ft 4in man, but Jose Mourinho, the Manchester United manager has stated that United have no intention of selling him. Back in December, he made a total of 14 saves in the away game at Arsenal, that saw United win 3-1 at The Emirates. His 14 saves are a joint record in Premier League history, highlighting the fact that he has steadily improved season after season. Here are 3 ways United can keep him at Old Trafford for a long time.

Give him anything he wants.

After his failed 2015 deadline day move to Real Madrid, he signed a new £200k-a-week deal at Old Trafford to keep him at the club till 2019. He is the best paid player in the world in his department, but the club will do well to tie him to a new deal with improved terms.

In the past 4 seasons, he has won the club’s Player of the Year Award on three occasions, showing how pivotal he is to the aspirations of the 20-time English champions. Time is running out to get him to sign a new deal, and United must be willing to pay him north of £300k to keep him at the club.

Challenge for the biggest trophies in world football

Perhaps if De Gea were at Real Madrid, he would have been part of the team that has won consecutive Champions League titles. De Gea deep in his heart may be feeling that Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and PSG are a step above Manchester United, which is a fact not lost on the shotstopper. United under Mourinho are making progress but are a whopping 16 points behind City at the moment in the Premier League.

For a club like United, despite the best efforts of De Gea who has registered 15 clean sheets in just 27 matches, it is not good enough. The club also crashed out of the League Cup to lowly Bristol City, and face a daunting task if they want to win the UEFA Champions League.

Bring the best players in the world to Old Trafford

Manchester United must prove themselves capable of attracting the biggest players in world football for De Gea to stay. As long as he keeps thinking that the grass may be greener out there, it may limit United’s chances of keeping him beyond this summer of 2019.

The arrival of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal was a big statement of intent but more signings like that are expected to help United boast a squad capable of winning any competition they find themselves in.

 

  • Jo Lloyd