Three reasons David De Gea shouldn’t start at Man United v Liverpool
Shona Duthie suggest three reasons why Louis van Gaal shouldn't start David De Gea for Man United v Liverpool
Transfer deadline day saga
David De Gea was close to becoming a Real Madrid player on La Liga’s deadline day. The deal would have seen Keylor Navas switch to Manchester United in the deal. However, it was reported paperwork was not sent on time and this left De Gea as a United player for the rest of the season. This is bad for any player and it would suggest that De Gea is not in the frame of mind to be starting as number one for the Red Devils. That being said, it was reported that De Gea was fully committed to the club. The deadline day saga still remains a mystery to fans and pundits. De Gea was keen for a move to Real Madrid to be completed, but unfortunately for him, he remains at Old Trafford. It is enough to put any player off when you future is still uncertain.
De Gea hasn’t started a game yet this season
Manager Louis Van Gaal kept De Gea out of his plans at the start of the season. Sergio Romero has been the number one goalkeeper at the club since their opener against Tottenham. De Gea was dropped back to the stands. Van Gaal revealed it was due to the fact he was unsure where De Gea’s future lay. However, it means that De Gea has not had any game time yet this season. It may be beneficial for the 24-year-old to play for the club’s Under-21 side before he has a regular starter again. De Gea is, however, a professional. He has not disrespected the club and will take any chances he can get from Van Gaal. It was reported that De Gea was worried that if he did not play as number one, he would lose his chances in the Spain squad. Van Gaal then rejected these rumours and insisted that De Gea will be given a fresh start. Time will tell if Van Gaal makes that decision to start him in the Liverpool game.
Romero has played well
Romero has not done anything seriously drastic to lose his number one spot to De Gea. Although in the Swansea game many blame him for the loss as Bafetimbi Gomis’ ball squirmed its way past at the keeper’s near post. However, before then, he kept three clean sheets. He also played well in Brugge for United in the Champions League. While many still question if he is the right man to play number one for United, his performances have barely caused any justification for being dropped. The game at Swansea came just before deadline day and many believe the pressure got to Romero, as it was his chance to shine to become United’s permanent number one goalkeeper. Romero has done enough not to be dropped to the bench for De Gea. This leaves Van Gaal with a tough decision to make. Will he stick with Romero? Or will he give De Gea another chance, as he is one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League?