Gary Neville feels Manchester United need to part ways with David de Gea soon
Manchester United icon Gary Neville feels the Red Devils need to part ways with David de Gea in the coming weeks or in the summer 2024.
The Spain international’s current contract with the Old Trafford side is set to expire at the end of the season. It remains to be seen how much longer the 32-year-old will remain at the Manchester-based club.
But speaking on Sky Bet’s The Overlap on YouTube, Neville believes the time has come for United to look for a new number one. The ex-defender believes if not now, then the Red Devils need to at least get rid of De Gea next year.
“They do need to get rid of him either now or if they’ve not got the money then obviously a year later is the maximum.”
The Spaniard has now spent over a decade at the Old Trafford side. In the summer of 2011, the Manchester-based club signed the 32-year-old from Atletico Madrid and since then he has been the first choice.
However, ever since the 2018 World Cup, De Gea has struggled for consistency. The veteran goalkeeper even lost his place as a regular for a few months when Dean Henderson came into the fold.
But the Spaniard managed to fend off competition from the English national, who spent the 2022/23 season on loan at Nottingham Forest.
Erik ten Hag has relied on the 32-year-old in between the sticks at United. But while the shot-stopper has put in some impressive displays, he has also made a number of glaring errors.
De Gea leaves a lot to be desired with his distribution. The gaffer seemingly wants to play the ball out from the back, which the veteran goalkeeper does not look too comfortable doing.
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Therefore, there is a sense that the 32-year-old’s cycle at the Old Trafford side has ended. In order to get the best out of the team, we evidently need a shot-stopper who complements Ten Hag’s style. But it will be interesting to see whether the club will opt to part ways with the Spaniard just yet.