Surprise Replacement: What Man United Will Do If David De Gea Leaves

Manchester United's David de Gea.

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A host of factors was responsible for Manchester United missing out on Champions League football for next season.

Complacency on part of the senior players and a failure to capitalize on the shortcomings of London clubs Arsenal, Chelsea, and Tottenham are amongst them, but a simple glance may point to bigger repercussions for one player in particular.

It was the specific errors of David De Gea that led United to drop points against Manchester City, Chelsea, and Everton which at the end of the day was paramount in their descent to the Europa League place.

In addition to that, the Spaniard who was once hailed to be the best shotstopper in the world hasn’t renewed his contract either and there is much speculation that he’ll depart in the summer. The likes of PSG and Real Madrid are allegedly the keenly interested parties for his signature.

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Now, the Daily Mail claims that the Red Devils will take a bold step if they lose out on David De Gea in the summer transfer window. According to them, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will promote Sergio Romero to the no.1 spot at Old Trafford.

The Argentine goalkeeper has been hailed to be the best second-choice keeper in club football and has indicated that he is well capable of fulfilling those duties during his years with the English giants.

The report adds that the Norwegian gaffer will also monitor the progress of Dean Henderson, a youth keeper that United have loaned to newly promoted Sheffield United. This may work to their advantage as Henderson will be able to garner Premier League experience over the course of his loan spell and his parent club will be in a position to make a decision about his future then.

If this claim is true, then it seems evident that the club has failed in their approaches to sign the likes of Andre Onana, Jasper Cillessen, and Jordan Pickford.