Gary Neville explains why David De Gea deal key for Man United
Former Man United defender Gary Neville runs rule over David De Gea's new Red Devils contract
Gary Neville says David De Gea will save Manchester United a lot of points over the course of the Premier League season.
The Spain international made his first appearance of the top-flight campaign for the Red Devils after he signed a new four-year deal at Old Trafford on Friday afternoon.
De Gea, who moved to United from Atletico Madrid in 2011, was close to a move to Real Madrid in a reported £30m deal but the transfer fell through before La Liga’s deadline.
And former United defender Neville explained why De Gea’s new contract was significant for the 20-time English champions.
“It’s a big thing for Manchester United to have him stay for the rest of this season,” Neville told Sky Sports.
“If Manchester United had Sergio Romero in the net today – it’s no disrespect to him – maybe one or two of those moments Liverpool had wouldn’t have been saved.
“He made a really good save at the end from Jordon Ibe, so I think when you look at it and think about De Gea today, he will save Manchester United points.
“Graeme Souness put a number on it before the game – I think he said 15 points. Whether it’ll be that much, we don’t know, but what I would say is that he will definitely win them matches.”
De Gea helped United win the Premier League title in 2013.
The Spanish goalkeeper moved to the Red Devils from Atletico Madrid in an £18m deal in 2011.
The shot stopper could make his first United appearance of the season in their clash against bitter rivals Liverpool.