I think I speak for the large majority of football fans when I say that David De Gea is one of the best keepers in world football if not the best. Since signing for Manchester United in 2011 De Gea has made 328 appearances and has cemented his place as Spains number one.
The one thing that De Gea hasn’t had since in recent times at United is a good defence and it may seem that the Spaniard is keen for a move away from Old Trafford. With his contract running out at the end of the season and clubs like PSG circling to snap up his services De Gea could be persuaded to make the move.
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho even admitted that De Gea could be on the move. Mourinho said: “I am not confident. I cannot find the word in English, but let’s see what happens.
“Only the club, David and his people can answer that. My comment is only that everyone knows how good he is, how important he is for Manchester United .
“If the club want to be better than it is and not worse, obviously it would be very important to keep David.”
With this in mind we have shortlisted three goalkeepers that United should go for if De Gea leaves.
Could Manchester United go back to the same club where they picked up De Gea from? They definitely should as the Slovenian goalkeeper has made a name for himself after keeping an incredible 99 clean sheets in 176 appearances. Granted it would be easier to keep a clean sheet with Godin in front of you than Chris Smalling and Phil Jones. Should Jose go in for Oblak he wouldn’t come cheap but surely he would be worth the money?
Our next keeper is Costa Ricas number one and Real Madrid shot stopper Keylor Navas. In the summer Madrid brought in former Chelsea’s keeper Thibaut Courtois to take up the number one spot but Navas has proved a problem for the management team at Madrid who can’t pick between the two. Navas is a quality keeper who could provide some cover in the sticks should De Gea leave. The down side to Navas is in the fact of his age at 31 years of age is value won’t go up and his form could start to decline and also he just isn’t at De Gea’s level.
England’s hero from the World Cup Jordan Pickford could be the man to fill the sticks at Old Trafford for the long term. The 24 year old keeper has established himself as both Everton and England number one after a string of brilliant performances. The main part of Pickfords game is his distribution, he could pick Lukaku out anywhere on the pitch whether he could control it is another question. Pickford would be have a heavy price tag but he will surely get much better as the years go on.
Should De Gea leave Old Trafford? Who would you get to replace him? Let us know in the comments section below.