Manchester United’s late win against Newcastle may well have saved Jose Mourinho’s job – for now – but cracks have still continued to show during the international break.
The dwindling contracts of many first teamers are a growing issue; Anthony Martial, Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Phil Jones and Juan Mata are among those coming to the end of their deals, either this season or next.
But the biggest concern of all surrounds David de Gea. Thibaut Courtois’ summer move to Real Madrid may have made some United fans finally relax about the future of the Spaniard.
Yet, latest reports suggest that de Gea is now unwilling to extend his current deal, regardless. We look at the newest update and why the fans can’t hold it against the ‘keeper…
What’s the latest?
According to the Telegraph, de Gea is currently unwilling to even consider extending his contract at Old Trafford.
That is independent of Real Madrid; the Spanish star just feels that the club is not close to realising his ambitions to compete for major honours.
Even if Jose Mourinho were replaced – and he is seen as the reason for the discontent of many of United’s players – de Gea would apparently still take a lot of convincing that United can return to the top.
Therefore, his stance seems pretty entrenched. The club could trigger an option to keep him at the club until June 2020, but de Gea’s market value is only going to go down between now and then.
Where would United be without de Gea?
It genuinely doesn’t bear thinking about. De Gea has normalised brilliance to the extent that he is now surely the best goalkeeper in the world.
Even when United play well, they generally need an outstanding contribution or two – at least – from their number one to preserve the result.
He is the only player at the club who has maintained his performance level since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement. He is arguably the only person attached to the club who has done himself justice in the ensuing half-decade.
De Gea has given so much to a club that has essentially not deserved him for a long time now. He deserves to be playing for a team which can help him realise his ambitions and United are not that right now.
He is by far the best player at the club and much like when Cristiano Ronaldo left in 2009, the fans cannot begrudge him his move. Why would a player so good tie himself to the current mess at Old Trafford?