David De Gea’s slip against Chelsea may have singlehandedly cost Manchester United Champions League football for next season.
Once hailed as the best in the world, the Spanish goalkeeper has been in utterly poor form as of late. The Chelsea gaffe wasn’t the first high profile error he’s made this season and the warning bells have begun ringing loudly.
The fact that United have been unable to pen him down to an extended long term deal is cause for further worry.
De Gea reportedly seeks parity with the sort of enormous weekly wages that Alexis Sanchez makes at Old Trafford. This is a demand that the Mancunian giants are unwillingly to comply with.
Now, the Sun reports that De Gea was utterly devastated at half-time during the Chelsea encounter.
It quotes an Old Trafford source to have stated: “He held his hands up at half-time and said sorry to the guys and said he had f***ed up.He could not believe he had done it and was absolutely gutted. He felt like he had let the whole team and Ole down.”
The source goes on go add: “The boss told him to forget about it and focus on the second-half which he did and made a couple of good saves.”
This is consistent with Solskjaer’s public support for the Spaniard. However, the same degree of support may not be shown by the baby-faced assassin the summer if the club decides to take the pragmatic route and sell De Gea to cut losses.
The likes of PSG and Juventus are very eager at acquiring him if the opportunity presents itself. Reports have also claimed that they’ll be willing to shell out sums as high as €70 million. This is certainly a figure for which the Old Trafford hierarchy will bend for.
Should they sell De Gea or will he bounce back from this form?