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David De Gea might face some competition at Manchester United very soon

By Harry Smith

David De Gea might face some competition at Manchester United very soon

Erik ten Hag's playing style does not suit David De Gea as he struggles to play with the ball on his feet

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David De Gea has been Manchester United’s number one goalkeeper ever since he joined back in 2011 when the club paid €25 million to Atletico Madrid for the transfer. He came in to replace legendary goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, who had just announced his retirement. At only 20 years of age, he arrived with some big shoes to fill but had the backing of Sir Alex Ferguson.

Ferguson only missed two games with Manchester United. One because of his son’s wedding, and the other because he went to have a look at a young David De Gea when Atletico Madrid faced Valencia. The Scottish manager missed the United League Cup match against Scunthorpe but knew that De Gea was something special.

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Ever since his debut, the Spanish goalie has been untouchable, and he even became one of the best players in the world in his position. His best moment probably was between 2014 and 2018. He was close to leaving for Real Madrid once but stayed at Old Trafford during the worst moments the club has been in the last decade.

However, at 31 years of age, his level has dropped and now Manchester United is looking for a new keeper after Dean Henderson’s comments about the club. According to ‘The Athletic’, Erik ten Hag would like someone who can challenge De Gea if one becomes available. This is going to be a difficult task because the club is on a budget, as they are looking for other positions first.

De Gea still has a lot to offer

The Spain goalkeeper has had a rough patch in the last two years. Dean Henderson was set to replace him, but he didn’t reach the level required and now maybe he is permanently sold after criticizing the club. Ten Hag wants a goalkeeper who is reliable with the ball on his feet as he likes to have possession of the ball, and De Gea has proven that is his weak spot.

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