Manchester United must begin to introspect on the bigger problems that await the side. While the club has been largely subjected to claims of rapport problems between Jose Mourinho and its bigger stars, there are wider issues looming in the corner.
Their worst start to a Premier League campaign is worsened further by the fact that their team is often over-riddled with talent, many of them ruminating on the bench, while the futures of some of their bigger players lies in the balance.
One such star is David De Gea. For much of the past seasons, the focus has been on keeping the shot-stopper safely away from the clutches of Real Madrid.
Now that that particular saga has been put to bed, the next struggle is ensuring that the Spaniard is pegged in for the long-term. Pertaining to that, United may make a big decision soon.
As per The Sun, the Red Devils are willing to activate the one-year extension clause in De Gea’s contract six months earlier itself. This will occur if the keeper doesn’t sign a new contract at the club by January.
The report adds that the alleged five-year extension that De Gea is being offered would see him make upwards of £375,000-a-week, a package that is dwarfed only by Alexis Sanchez at Old Trafford.
However, the amount alone may not be enough to sway De Gea, as United’s lack of titles is reportedly his biggest concern in deciding whether or not to pen his peak years to the club that has caused him to be heralded as the best in the world in front of the goal-posts.
His agent, Jorge Mendes, has allegedly held many talks with the higher-ups at United, but progress over signing a new deal still seems to be quite minimal.
If things go awry with him, the Mancunian giants will be placed in an awkward spot – having to decide between cashing in on him early, and losing him for free by holding on to him until the expiration of the ongoing deal.