De Gea and Lindelöf contracts secure Manchester United's defensive future

David de Gea will have been at Manchester United for 13 years if he sees out the duration of his new contract. United have secured the future of their defensive spine with the deals for both him and Victor Lindelof.

“Now my future is fixed, all I want is to help this team achieve what I believe we can and win trophies again, together,” De Gea said upon putting pen to paper [via Guardian].

The Reds have hope for the future. De Gea and Lindelof together have kept two cleansheets in three Premier League games at Old Trafford this season. Last season, the Spanish goalkeeper kept two in the entire season.

Hope for future after De Gea contract

Solskjaer has some serious work still to do with United’s team and it’s defensive efforts, but things have improved. The foundations were laid in the summer as two key signings arrived.

Harry Maguire is 26 and on a long-term deal. Aaron Wan-Bissaka is just 20 and will be at the club when De Gea is next thinking about his future. Now Lindelof, too, has signed a new contract.

United have three of their back five sorted for that time, even if Victor Lindelof doesn’t step up to the plate and ensure he is Maguire’s partner for the next half a decade.

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The strongest teams are always based on a solid spine and a good defence. Under Louis van Gaal, United defensive’s efforts were wholly team-based such was the weakness of their back four.

Mourinho’s United shipped goals at an alarming rate against West Ham, Brighton, Huddersfield and many others. Things must improve or Solskjaer will fail.

However, there is definitely hope. Lindelof will benefit from a settled goalkeeper behind him and a talented partner in Maguire. Coming through the ranks for United are the talented full-backs, Ethan Laird and Brandon Williams. Debuts are imminent for the two Englishmen.

Hope has been a rarity at United and, to a certain extent, so has stability. De Gea’s new deal provides both of those things. 

Praise for United needed

United’s backroom staff should be praised for their role. De Gea has clearly been thinking about his options amid PSG and Juventus interest. But the backroom staff have clearly created an environment where, despite a lack of trophies, one of the world’s best goalkeepers is happy to stay.

Being paid the most at the club, it’s now partly De Gea’s job to haul United back to the level they should be at.

He must lead with performances and words as he adds to his 367 appearances for United.

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Life-long Manchester United fan with a strong interest in the club's academy. Host of the Manchester United Weekly Podcast and United Through Time. First game at Old Trafford was the 7-1 rout of AS Roma in 2007.