Three reasons why Man Utd must sell David De Gea quickly

Dimitri Kondonis gives three reasons why Manchester United need to usher David De Gea out the exit door

By Dimitri Kondonis

The uncertainty

Uncertainty will be detrimental to both parties. The Red Devils have spent all summer wondering whether they will keep hold of their prized goalkeeper. Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal appeared to forgive the Spanish stopper after his costly mistake against Paris Saint-Germain. But the mistake itself may have been somewhat symptomatic of his prolonged link to Real Madrid, which has been going on for months. And after being dropped for the weekend’s encounter against Tottenham, it appears that Van Gaal wants a resolution in the De Gea transfer saga. If De Gea departs for the Bernabeu, as has appeared likely throughout the transfer window, it is imperative for both parties that the deal is sealed as soon as possible. The former Atletico goalkeeper seems unsettled due to the uncertainty over his future, while United don’t seem particularly sure what to do regarding their goalkeeper situation.

Let the rebuilding process begin

Manchester United will need to start rebuilding with money raised from De Gea’s sale. The Red Devils will undoubtedly want to hire a replacement for De Gea if he does leave, and so the sooner he departs, naturally, the longer they will have to find a replacement of the right quality. As it stands, the Old Trafford club have Sergio Romero and Victor Valdes on their books – both of whom seem to be of similar quality. Given that Valdes has also been unsettled at the club after a rumoured rift with the United boss, it makes sense that Romero was brought in as a like-for-like swap with the former Barcelona stopper. But that leaves United still short of a goalkeeper capable of winning points on his own as De Gea did on multiple occasions. And the sooner they can offload their first-choice keeper, the sooner they can bring one in.

Settling in period

Van Gaal will need to give his new goalkeeper time to settle. Similarly, the sooner they can sign a new goalkeeper who they have identified as first-team quality, the better. As witnessed when De Gea first joined the club, it can take goalkeepers signed from overseas a while to adjust to the league. And the sooner they can rid themselves of De Gea, the sooner they will be able to get their new man settled into the Premier League. Not to mention he will have more time to settle in with his team-mates and his new surroundings, which are key to a successful side.

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