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Why Manchester United Star Is On His Way To Becoming One Of The Best In The Business

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Currently Manchester United are 3rd in the Premier League Table and their form has improved a lot as compared to the start of the season, they were struggling to score goals and also were conceding goals for fun but the scenario has changed and huge credit for this goes to their 24 year old Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea. De Gea has been rock solid on the goal in recent months and is looking unstoppable. Critics, experts, fans and his fellow team mates say that he is currently the best goalkeeper in the Premier League and has the potential to become the best goalkeeper in the world.

David De Gea joined Manchester United from Atletico Madrid in the year 2011 for a staggering amount of £17 million. De Gea had big boots to fill at Old Trafford as he was bought as a direct replacement for their retired legendary goalkeeper Edwin Van Der Sar. A sum of £17 million was gamble to buy a 20 year old goalkeeper but the gamble paid off. But it wasn’t easy for united to get the best out of David De Gea as Manchester United spent a total of £16m on De Gea’s training in past 3 years and he was trained under a few coaching greats and one of them is his current coach Frans Hoek. Many great goalkeepers such as Edwin Van Der Sar, Victor Valdez etc have developed under this man. David’s development was slow and steady but totally worth the wait and their efforts are paying off now.

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De Gea’s spell with Atletico was reasonably good. He made his debut for the senior team in the year 2009 and made overall 57 appearances. He played a very key role in their Europa League and UEFA Super cup triumph of 2009-2010. Whereas with Man United he won the League Title in his second season and won the FA Community shield twice as well. David De Gea was named in the PFA’s team of the year 2012-2013 for his excellent performance throughout the season and was also named as the Manchester United’s and Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year 2013-2014 under David Moyes’s team.

De Gea is an acrobatic goalkeeper who relies more on his instincts than technique. He is a brilliant shot stopper and an excellent reader of the game. De Gea makes more than 2 saves before conceding a goal which is an outstanding number considering the standard of the Premier League attack. Till now he has made 39 saves in 16 games which compute to an average of 2.4 saves per game. His recent match saving performance was against United’s bitter rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford where he made 8 saves and was named the Man of the Match. For Man United De Gea is not the man for the big occasion but he is their man for every occasion. The way he is compensating United’s sloppy defending with his excellent skills only great goalkeepers can do that.

De Gea has competition from some modern greats such as Manuel Neuer, Thibaut Courtois, Hugo Lorris etc to become one of the greatest. If he is able to continue this excellent run no one can stop him from getting his name in Hall of Fame. Real Madrid and Spain coaches see him as the next Iker where as he is the next Van Der Ser or Schmeichel for Man United.

Here’s a brilliant video of Gary Neville analyzing David De Gea’s performance and improvement over the past three years.

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Man United keen on signing 2 players on loan to replace Marcus Rashford

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Manchester United keen to loan Odion Ighalo and Islam Slimani

Manchester United are keen on signing Odion Ighalo and Islam Slimani on loan to provide cover for the injured Marcus Rashford. (h/t Sky Sports)

Ighalo plays for Shanghai Shenhua in the Chinese Super League while Slimani is currently on loan at Monaco from Leicester City.

Both Ighalo and Slimani have the experience of playing in the Premier League, having done so on 55 and 39 occasions respectively.

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Slimani has impressed at Monaco

Both players have done well for their current clubs so far. Ighalo has scored 10 goals in 19 appearances for Shanghai whereas Slimani has registered 7 goals and 7 assists in 14 appearances for Monaco.

Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa are also interested in Slimani (h/t Daily Star).

Ighalo has a better record out of the two in the Premier League. With the Chinese Super League likely to be indefinitely suspended due to the coronavirus epidemic gripping the nation, it remains to be seen if the player will be allowed to travel.

Low-key but effective?

The injury to Marcus Rashford has left United without a reliable striker upfront. United have played both Liverpool and Burnley since the striker’s injury and have failed to hit the net in both games.

Given the nature of the January transfer window, it makes sense for the club to pursue a loan deal for an established forward until the summer.

Ighalo and Slimani are in their 30s but both players are physically imposing and are capable of playing as a target man upfront.

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United are currently 5th in the table with 14 games left to go. We face Chelsea in the league in February, which will give us a chance to close the gap on a top-four spot.

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Man United keen on landing Ligue 1 star for a fee of about £43million

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Manchester United prepare £43 million bid for Moussa Dembele 

Manchester United are interested in Lyon striker Moussa Dembele (h/t Mirror)

According to Foot Mercato (h/t Mirror), United have identified the French striker as a target to replace the injured Marcus Rashford.

The 23-year old has enjoyed a stellar season for Lyon and has scored 15 goals and 1 assist in 28 appearances. (h/t Whoscored)

Dembele is expected to cost in the region of £43 and is also drawing interest from Chelsea.

The Red Devils had failed to replace the outgoing Romelu Lukaku in the summer and were extremely reliant on the young Rashford for goals.

Rashford has scored 19 goals and 5 assists this season. He is the club’s top scorer and the second top assist maker. United have lacked a cutting edge in the Englishman’s absence and had been playing through injury of late.

Solksjaer was forced to bring on the striker against Wolves which unfortunately led to worsening the extent of his injury.

Moussa Dembele

United currently lack a clinical player upfront. The result against Liverpool could have been different had Martial taken the chances afforded to him.

Lack of a plan?

United should have gone for a striker immediately after the signing of Lukaku. Rashford has had to play through injury and now finds himself out for 3 months.

The injury could also affect the youngster’s chances of making the England squad for the Euros. Rashford has made 201 appearances for United by the age of 22 and needs to be handled better to prevent him from burning out.

Prodigious youngsters such as Robbie Fowler and Micheal Own never got to reach the levels expected of them as they were burnt out and beset by injuries.

Dembele is an excellent player who will be an asset to United. But considering the position the club is in, it can be considered to be a step back for the Frenchman if he joins them.

The fact that the clubs has been linked to the player only after Rashford’s injury and not in spite of it reeks of a lack of long term planning.

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Dembele already has experience of playing in England for Fulham and Celtic. The 23-year old made 64 appearances for Fulham,with 2 of them coming in the English Premier League.

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Man Utd to look at alternatives after refusing to sign this £68.24m star

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Manchester United look at alternatives for Bruno Fernandes

Manchester United are looking at alternatives for Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes. (h/t Manchester Evening News)

Fernandes has been linked with a move to the Red Devils since last summer and appeared to be in a strong position to sign the player in the January transfer window.

But the club now seem to have backed out of a deal citing Sporting’s sudden increase in the player’s valuation to £68.24 million.

With the clubs appearing to be unable to agree on a fee, United are considering Leicester City’s James Maddison and Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish as alternatives.

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A better fit!

Both Maddison and Grealish have been critical to their team’s fortunes this season at different ends of the table. It can be argued that either of them would represent a better fit for the United midfield than Fernandes.

Maddison has been one of the Leicester’s stars as they push for Champions League qualification whereas Villa would be 4 points worse off at 19th if not for Grealish’s goals.

Both the players have experience of playing in the English top-flight and will not need a bedding-in period.

Fernandes does have better numbers than either of the player. But then Grealish and Maddison have performed at a higher level in the English Premier League.

Paying over the odds will not help United in the long term. It sets a precedent with other clubs likely to hold them for ransom.

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The 2-0 loss to Liverpool highlighted the gulf in quality that now exists between United and the Premier League elite.

A massive rebuild is required in the coming windows as the Red Devils look to close the gap to their arch-rivals. Rather than overspending on foreign players who present an element of risk, United can look at domestic alternatives. As Liverpool have shown of late, there is quality available if you are willing to look for it.

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Man United keen to reinforce midfield with this 24-year-old La Liga ace

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Manchester United are keen on signing Marcos Llorente

Manchester United are keen on reinforcing their midfield by signing Spanish midfielder Marcos Llorente. (h/t Manchester Evening News)

The 24-year-old who plays for Atletico Madrid has impressed at the Wanda Metropolitano following his move from city rivals Real Madrid.

Llorente has made 17 appearances for Atletico this season , with a majority of them coming off the bench.(h/t Whoscored)

Marcos Llorente

Having started just 3 La Liga matches this season, a loan move to United could be of interest to both parties.

The Red Devils are currently short of players in midfield after the injuries to Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay.

Llorente is an assured passer of the ball and can play in central midfield in both a defensive and a holding role.

He is also an aggressive ball winner and will add much-needed energy in the United midfield. At 6 feet tall, Llorente is also an imposing presence who can deal with the physical aspect of the Premier League.

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The Spaniard came through the Real Madrid academy and has made 22 appearances for the Los Blancos.

He was a part of the Real Madrid squad that won the UEFA Champions League in 2018.

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