Carragher: Man United would be top if De Gea had started every game

The former Liverpool defender backs David De Gea to lead Man United to title challenge

Manchester United would be top of the Premier League if David De Gea hadn’t missed the start of the season, according to Jamie Carragher.

Louis van Gaal omitted the Spain goalkeeper from his starting line-up for their games against Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa, Newcastle United and Swansea City.

If he had started the first four or five games that he missed, Manchester United would be sitting top of the league

Jamie Carragher

De Gea was restored to the United line-up for their 3-1 victory over Liverpool at Old Trafford after he penned a new contract to end speculation linking the shot stopper with a move to Real Madrid.

Speaking to Sky Sports after United’s 3-2 victory over Southampton at St Mary’s on Sunday afternoon, Carragher underlined De Gea’s continued importance to the 20-time English champions.

“He got Manchester United the Champions League last year.

“I think we’d all agre that we don’t quite see Manchester United winning the title this year but he can take them very close.

“If he had started the first four or five games that he missed, Manchester United would be sitting top of the league – that’s how good De Gea is.”

De Gea was named United’s players’s and fan’s player of the year last season after he helped the Red Devils secure a fourth-place finish and a return to the Champions League.

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The 20-time English champions are in second place in the Premier League table.

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