David De Gea to Real Madrid rumours are like wasps round a can of coke, irritating and normally confined to the summer months.
However, international breaks can be like mini summer holidays for players and if rumours are to be believed David De Gea is enjoying the company of his fellow Spanish internationals so much that’s he’s been bending the ear of Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos with the purpose of obtaining a dream move to Real Madrid.
Now, I must first quantify that the only outlet currently running this story is the Daily Star – who to put it kindly, aren’t the greatest source of information when it comes to transfer news. So do Manchester United fans have cause for concern?
I think not. For one, the season has only just begun, the transfer window is shut, and having come off the hectic summer months news outlets are looking for stories to pull in readers. Will De Gea leave next summer? Who knows? I personally thought he’d go this summer and he’s still here, and it’s got to that stage now where I see every year he stays as a bonus. Only yesterday De Gea was waxing lyrical about how much he loves playing for Manchester United, and with his Spanish teammates like Herrera and Mata at United there’s no reason not to believe him. Maybe he does want a move back home at some stage, and if he does should we really begrudge him one?
For now De Gea is here and we should enjoy having the world’s best keeper between the Old Trafford sticks. Who knows, he could be here another ten years yet?
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There have been a lot of rumours recently of players United are apparently scouting or interested in, but there have been very few rumours of players leaving. There is one exception, however, and it’s a player no one wants to see leave: David de Gea.
United midfielder Ander Herrera believes fellow Spaniard and United ‘keeper David de Gea is happy with life at Manchester United.
Ander Herrera has described David de Gea as the number one goalkeeper in the world saying:
“He is the number one keeper in the world. In England you know that but in the rest of the world they think they have better keepers, but I don’t think so. When we win titles or trophies I think he will be more recognised.
“He has a special talent. When you are born with that quality and ability, you are so lucky. The rest of the humans, we have to work more. You have to work harder.
“But what I like about him is that he is very calm, he has his feet on the ground. He doesn’t change when it comes to these kind of games so I think he is number one of Spain and in the world and he is my friend so I am very happy for him.
“I think he is very happy in Manchester United. You can see that. If you are not happy in one place you cannot play like that, so it’s easy to say that.
“We can be calm and optimistic, first because he is in a fantastic club and if we start winning trophies, it’s easier to keep world class players.”
De Gea’s most recent display of heroics was in the FA Cup semi-final against Everton when he saved Romelu Lukaku’s penalty.
It is also understood that Real Madrid will reattempt to sign the United ‘keeper after failing to do so last summer.
David de Gea has gone from being the new skinny kid, making several errors at the beginning of his United career to being arguably the worlds best goalkeeper.
He has become a real fan favourite and has earned fan chants such as:
“He’s big, he’s brave, he’s Spanish Dave. He makes great saves, he never shaves. He’s flying through the air, come and have a shot if you dare.”
It’s clear to see that de Gea loves United, you only have to watch his reaction to Anthony Martial’s late winner in the FA Cup semi final (watch below).
That is not the reaction of someone who is not happy at United. Watching that video fills me with hope that he will remain at United beyond this season. But that could depend on what happens with the managerial situation.
It was a big week for United last week which turned out to be a mixed week in terms of results and performances. We took on Liverpool in the second leg of the Europa League round of 16, in which we needed to turn around a 2-0 deficit and then of course there was the highly anticipated Manchester Derby at the “Emptyhad” – although it was pretty full for this game.
It was a week that was important and a week that had the potential to either keep United’s season alive or totally destroy it and I have to be honest, I wasn’t particularly psyched for either game and that is purely down to the football we have been subjected to and the managers team selections. All season we have seen unfathomable team selections and severely mundane football, so you can forgive me for not being enthusiastic, despite who our opponents were and our recent record against the better teams.
The result against Liverpool came as no surprise to me, especially after seeing Fellaini had been picked and that Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin in particular, were left on the bench. I knew that with the Belgian playing that it would be like playing with 10 men and that we would struggle.
The game itself didn’t turn out as bad as I thought it would be though, however we did lack the desire and passion that you would expect from a Manchester United V Liverpool match. The performance was toothless and I failed to see any real passion or fight on the pitch. This was not acceptable in such a huge game on the Football calendar.
Then of course there were the defensive substitutions; two full backs and a defensive midfielder. In a game where you are chasing three goals, you make attacking changes, right? I know I’m no manager, but come on. Memphis was on the bench so why was he not used? As we have witnessed recently, he is that player who can produce something special. At the very least, he would have added some pace and strength in our attack.
Following the draw against Liverpool at Old Trafford came the victory in the Manchester derby at the Etihad. Again, I could not get excited during the few days building up to this match like I normally would for such a big game. Sure, City were also on a run of substandard form, but United have been so much worse. My hope was lifted a little, however, when I saw that Fellaini wasn’t starting. I liked the prospect of Carrick and Schneiderlin starting with Mata in the number 10 role. Mata hasn’t really been a standout player in recent weeks with goals and assists, but more often than not he is involved in the build up to goals… when we actually score them!
The team selection without Fellaini paid off. It felt like we had another option in midfield. I can’t help but believe that if Fellaini had played it would have been Schneiderlin who would have been left on the bench and Schneiderlin played a role in the build up to the only goal of the game. He and Mata linked up in the midfield then Mata threaded the ball through to Marcus Rashford. The youngster then skipped past an ageing Demichelis and slotted the ball past the England number 1, Joe Hart.
Winning this game gave United yet another glimmer of hope in finishing in the top four, with City – who currently sit fourth – now only one point ahead, although the remaining games each of the top 5/6 teams has tends to suggest that we may struggle to get that top four spot.
What can we take from the two matches?
If we are to take any positives from this week is has to be that with Marcus Rashford in the team our attack looks so much better with added pace, strength and of course, goals! All we need now is for Memphis to start firing and we can be a lethal attacking force again.
Michael Carrick also had two great games this week. His defensive contribution has been vital and his passing ability to instigate attacking moves has been admirable. And let’s not forget Smalling, Blind and de Gea. This trio have been excellent not just in the last week, but all season and are without doubt the reason we are not flirting around mid-table.
Paul’s final thought
We may all be happy that we have beaten City at the Etihad but we simply cannot forget the horror show we were subjected to over the two legs against Liverpool in the Europa League. The performance was disgusting and completely unacceptable against such big rivals. We must not allow ourselves to use the odd victory, like the one over City, to paper over the cracks of our poor season. As fans, some of us are slipping into that frame of mind where we are beginning to accept mediocrity. I have seen it on social media and I am guilty of it myself. This simply cannot happen.
Thank you for reading and enjoy the international break… Who am I kidding? No one enjoys it!
United centre back Chris Smalling could feature against Arsenal on Sunday.
Chris Smalling has been one of United’s most consistent players this season along with goal keeper David de Gea, who could also return for the clash against Arsenal.
Smalling picked up a shoulder injury in the FA Cup game against Shrewsbury Town on Monday night and missed only his 2nd game this season when United played Midtjylland on Thursday evening.
The 26 year old has made good progress on the recovery and when asked about his recent form, he had this to say:
Touch wood, that carries on.
I was disappointed to miss the other night, but I’m hoping to be okay to play this game.
I’ve not really done anything differently to the other lads but, probably from about halfway through last season, I got on a good run in the team and I’ve just tried to carry that on from there. Long may it continue.
Arsenal are Smalling’s boyhood club and when asked about the fixture he said:
I always look forward to these games.
It’s no secret that I was an Arsenal supporter growing up, so this fixture is even bigger for me and especially given it involves two of the biggest teams in the country.
I hope I can step out onto the field.
In other injury news, United boss Louis van Gaal is expecting David de Gea to be fit for the Arsenal match:
I expect (David can return) because I saw the way he was today.
You can read the article on the Daily Mail website by clicking here.
David de Gea thanks Louis van Gaal and fans for helping him settle back into the team after the Real Madrid transfer fiasco.
The Manchester United goalkeeper recently signed a new contract keeping him at the club until 2019. And although there is reportedly a release clause in the contract, he says that he is enjoying life at Old Trafford and is happy playing for “one of the biggest clubs in the world”.
David de Gea also sheds light on his relationship with United boss Louis van Gaal. He claims that despite the transfer saga, the pair have a normal relationship and describes the Dutchman as a joker.
Talking about his return to playing, he reiterated his appreciation to the fans by saying the reception he received “made the hairs stand up”.
If you would like to read the full article, please do so by visiting the Guardian website by clicking here.
I think I speak for the majority of United fans when I say I am pleased that he stayed and at the way he handled the whole situation throughout the summer.
Lets hope we enjoy many more years of David de Gea between the sticks.