Where did it all go wrong for David De Gea?

Where did it all go wrong for David De Gea?

Javier Howell
May 7, 2019

"He's been the best player at the club since when?"

Spanish global shot-stopper David De Gea is the first choice goalkeeper at Manchester United but his future at the club is in doubt with his contract running out. It should be noted that the 28-year-old made an excellent clawing save to deny substitute Michail Antonio's header shortly before Paul Pogba's second penalty of the game gave United a scarcely-deserved 2-1 win.

United's hopes of a top-four Premier League finish are out of their hands following the result though Solskjaer, who publicly backed De Gea before this weekend, was loathe to place too much blame on his number one.

Real Madrid can be sure of that, Chelsea can't yet. After the London club drew with United last time out, Hazard spoke to the media to highlight the importance of his club being in the Champions League next season.

United's last two games of the season are against Huddersfield Town and Cardiff City. David likes to play games.

De Gea failed to record a shut-out in 11 straight games in the 2012-13 season shortly after being deposed as Sir Alex Ferguson's first-choice by Anders Lindegaard.

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I am going out on a limb here and will predict we will claim one of those spots and a win over Valencia on Thursday for me, will be the catalyst to an end of season winning run.

De Gea's drop in form has increased speculation over his future, with the shot stopper's Old Trafford contract expiring next summer.

"We need to focus on our two games, win games again", said Solskjaer, but a big rebuilding job remains ahead for the Norwegian.

United has a perfectly adequate replacement in Sergio Romero.

No longer is he being talked about as the best goalkeeper in the world.

Solskjaer's side are in danger of missing out on Champions League qualification, with only three matches of the 2018-19 campaign left to play. However, perhaps the root of his recent woes can be traced back to the Emirates Stadium, where some wicked swerve saw De Gea wrong-footed by Granit Xhaka's speculative long-range effort in the 12th minute.