Mourinho And Keane Claim David De Gea ‘Lucky’ To Get New Huge Contract

Manchester United's David de Gea reacts.

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Jose Mourinho and Roy Keane have raised questions regarding David De Gea.

The unlikely duo featured on Sky Sports as guest pundits on Sunday night, and both heaped heavy criticism on their former team following an abysmal performance at the London Stadium.

While a majority of the criticism was aimed at the entire team collectively, both Jose and Roy singled out David De Gea, who has been in the news this week for the new long-term deal he signed with the Old Trafford outfit.

Manchester United coughed up big bucks to tie the Spaniard down with the £250,000-a-week (after tax) contract–something the club could have easily avoided, according to their former manager.

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“I think the moment he signed his huge contract is a moment that I don’t think Manchester United need to pay as much as they have,” Jose opined. “One or two years ago the world was after him. At the moment, the majority of the big doors are closed.

“Real Madrid are closed. Barcelona are closed. PSG are closed. I don’t think United were under pressure because David was going to disappear. So he gets a phenomenal contract in a moment when he’s a bit lucky to get it.”

The Portuguese tactician did add: “Is he good? Yes, he’s very good. But just like [Manchester United defender Victor] Lindelof, he is better at some things than others.”

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Surprisingly, Roy Keane was in full agreement with Mourinho on this one, as the Irishman stated: “I’m not so sure [De Gea is worth the investment], honestly. Listen, keepers make mistakes. I’ve always worried about him, every time I’ve watched him.

“He never seems to be commanding, I never get the impression he’s that type of character that puts demands on people around him and these are all big mistakes. The big test for any, particularly goalkeepers at Man United, is how you react after a mistake.

“I think he’s making far too many mistakes. I was never convinced by the character side of him, putting demands on the people around him. Technically is he a good goalkeeper? Of course he is, there’s no getting away from that. But I think it’s more the package. I’ve always had my question marks over him – that’s just a personal thing.”