Date: 24th April 2020 at 3:19pm
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Since joining Manchester United in 2011, David De Gea has grown from an error-prone goalkeeper of promise into one of the best stoppers in the world. Closing in on his testimonial year, he has not perhaps enjoyed the success at the club that his performances have deserved, but the Spaniard will definitely be remembered as one of the best keepers to grace the Old Trafford turf.

However, as he fast approaches his 30th birthday, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have a decision to make about De Gea’s future. It is no secret that his form has fallen away ever so slightly in recent seasons, with some of the mistakes that defined his early career re-emerging. Now given the other issues facing the Norwegian De Gea is hardly a problem, but as football prepares for a summer transfer window in the shadow of a global economic crisis, questions may begin to be asked about his future.

At 29 years old, De Gea is very much in his prime years for a goalkeeper and while valuations may be fluctuating, he is likely to retain a hefty asking price. With the club in need of significant investment in midfield and up front, they will need to find money from somewhere and at this stage, De Gea is one of the most saleable assets.

One of the key factors pushing this argument of course is the form of Dean Henderson. The 23-year-old has been a standout performer on loan at Sheffield United with the Blades often having low odds for a clean sheet on thanks to Henderson’s efforts and it could be argued that he will soon be ready to push De Gea for his number one shirt.

In a market where assets are likely to become hugely valuable, United would be advised to protect the one they have in Henderson. If he begins to feel like he might get more opportunities elsewhere, he may look for a move and that would be a disaster in the long term. Therefore, if the money is right and it makes sense for the player, selling De Gea might be an option worth entertaining.


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