May 13, 2021

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Solskjaer can give De Gea the Man United wish he made three years ago

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“Titles are what I crave. We have to get United back to their best, back in the Champions League, back as the champions of England, back to the top,” David de Gea said in 2018 when asked about his personal motivations.

The Spaniard made those comments shortly before he won the 2017/18 Golden Glove.

Manchester United finished second in the Premier League that season under Jose Mourinho, and while the former United boss claimed it was one of his greatest achievements, it was actually his goalkeeper that deserved to be lauded.

De Gea was outstanding that season, delivering consistently remarkable performances in between the sticks for United, and he was arguably the world’s finest goalkeeper at that stage of his career, playing at the peak of his powers.

Just three years on, though, De Gea has lost his place as the club’s number one to Dean Henderson.

It’s fair to say De Gea’s performances haven’t significantly deteriorated across that period, but in elite sport, there are fine margins and the decision seems logical considering Henderson’s credentials and the age of both goalkeepers.

While Henderson has been entrusted with starting in the Reds’ Premier League fixtures, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has opted to play De Gea in the Europa League and the Noreweigan’s selection speaks louder than words – the change of the guard has already happened.

“David has been a top, top keeper and he still is. He’s working to be ready when he plays. David has had 10 fantastic years at Man United and he’s had challengers,” Solskjaer said recently, but the elephant in the room needs to be addressed.

It’s possible De Gea will request a move away from Old Trafford this summer, and while naturally, football is a ruthless business, his decade spent at the club shouldn’t be marred by Henderson claiming his role in the starting XI this term.

De Gea is one of two players remaining at the club to have won the Premier League with United, and as touched upon, it’s not hyperbole to suggest the Spaniard laid claim to being the world’s greatest goalkeeper across a sensational period in Manchester.

His contribution for United will always be fondly remembered, and while Solskjaer’s side won’t win the Premier League title this season, they can fulfil one of De Gea’s personal motivations from three years ago by clinching a tile in the form of the Europa League.

If De Gea is to leave in the transfer window, It would certainly be a fitting farewell.

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