David de Gea has seemingly been replaced as Manchester United’s number one. Now, Rio Ferdinand believes the Spaniard could be playing elsewhere next season.
David de Gea has been an unbelievable servant to this football club for the best part of a decade. The superstar Spaniard, once regarded as the best in the business, is one of the key reasons why we remained relevant in the mid-2010s.
His ability and talent will forever be undeniable. On that alone, he’s probably the best United have ever had in between the sticks. Sadly, the trophies never really followed due to the lack of quality around him.
Well, his days at Old Trafford could be coming to an end. That’s the view of United legend Rio Ferdinand, who believes the key star is unlikely to be at the club next season – following the emergence of Dean Henderson.
Check out what Ferdinand had to say about De Gea here:
“You’ve got two options – you fight for your position, or you say, ‘that’s me done, I’m off and I’ll go somewhere else.’ Ferdinand said live on BT Sport.
“If Dean Henderson finishes the season as No 1, I don’t see De Gea staying there. No chance, I don’t see it. I think he’ll go out now.
“His wages will be a determining factor, but at the end of the day, two number ones doesn’t work.
“De Gea has been a mainstay in the team, but Ole is maybe seeing things differently now.
“He’s put Henderson in front of him in the queue. Does De Gea accept that and stay? I don’t think so.”
It’s extremely hard to disagree. Henderson starting on Sunday night against Brighton felt big. It wouldn’t have been easy to drop the Spaniard for an important league game like that, but you do get the impression that the Englishman is viewed as our current go-to goalie.
Now, it’s up to Hendo to continue the fine form he’s been showing recently. If that happens, I honestly don’t see a way back for De Gea, meaning he may have to search for regular football elsewhere in 2021/22.
The problem is his massive wages. No doubt United would have to subsidise those at least for a couple of years if a club agrees to take on De Gea – but finding buyers in this market may prove to be tough.
With the birth of his firstborn, perhaps De Gea would love a move back to his homeland, after all, why wouldn’t he want to be closer to his family at this time in his life? I don’t doubt one La Liga club will make some sort of offer to him, which would be a move that would make sense for all involved.
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