De Gea is United’s longest-serving player and holds the record for keeping more clean sheets than any other Red Devils’ goalkeeper. But his nightmarish display in the quarter-final second leg, in which he deserved blame in all three goals, was a devastating confirmation of what many have been thinking but have been afraid to say because of everything he has done for United over the last decade. He is simply not equipped for the demands of modern football. He does not have the ball skills a top goalkeeper needs in 2023.
Should Manchester United be looking to replace De gea next season? Join the discussion and share your views.
Let’s make no mistake, David DeGea has been a great servant over the years and on his day is still one of the best shot stoppers in the game but that alone not enough to warrant Man Utd rewarding him with new contract to the detriment of a fresh young keeper that suits Erik Ten Hag’s style.
While there is no outstanding candidate to replace De Gea, he needs replacing. He is top of the Premier League clean sheets table but United have sieved 37 goals in 30 games - more than the 2015-16 season when De Gea came second to Petr Cech for the Golden Glove and nine more than the 2017-18 campaign he received the accolade.
David de Gea is not the biggest problem at Manchester United but he is a growing problem. His kicking was at its weakest against Spanish opposition. His shortcomings - distribution, timidity at set-pieces and sweeping - were all exposed by Sevilla.
De Gea’s attempt at playing sweeper 'keeper allowed Youssef En-Nesyri to sweep in Sevilla’s third goal. For a 'keeper often accused of being rooted to his line, De Gea has stood still.
If United are to maximise Ten Hag’s coaching potential, it has to be with a new starting 'keeper.
David Dea gea should not be replaced conditionally, sorry to say this when ever Varane and Martinez are in for the defense, David Dea gea always have a strong confidence compare if Harry Maguire, because he new Harry Maguire is a fucked up player, he always play with fear when playing with harry Maguire, with varane and Martinez Dea gea is quite exceptional when he won matches with them with clean shit, or Manchester united should deal with HARRY MAGUIRE.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has previously spoken about one of the hardest decisions he had to make in his career, and it could end up being useful advice for Erik ten Hag at Manchester United.
The Spanish tactician made the big decision to axe Joe Hart as his goalkeeper as soon as he took over as Man City manager, and he admits it wasn’t easy for him to part ways with someone who’d been such a strong performer for the club for so long.
It surely now looks like Ten Hag needs to make a similar call with David de Gea, whose form has really nosedived in recent times.
The Red Devils surely cannot progress unless Ten Hag is brave enough to make big calls like this and address the weaknesses in his squad.
In fairness to Ten Hag, he was ruthless with his handling of the Cristiano Ronaldo situation earlier this season, so that can perhaps reassure United fans that, when the time comes, he’ll be able to replace De Gea as the club’s number one.