Edwin van der Sar sends blunt Man United message to David De Gea
Former Man United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar says David De Gea isn't irreplaceable at Old Trafford
Edwin van der Sar says David De Gea isn’t irreplaceable at Manchester United ahead of the legend’s potential return to Old Trafford.
The former Manchester United number one has been linked as a potential candidate to become the club’s new director of football.
Van der Sar has enjoyed success with Dutch club Ajax since his retirement from professional football back in 2011.
Sir Alex Ferguson signed De Gea as Van der Saar’s replacement in an £18m deal from Atletico Madrid eight years ago.
De Gea has gone on to establish himself as one of the Premier League’s best goalkeepers despite a rocky start to life at Old Trafford.
The Spain international’s current deal is set to expire at the end of the season, providing Manchester United with a big headache.
The Red Devils risk losing De Gea for nothing next summer unless the 28-year-old opts to put pen to paper on a new deal.
However, former Manchester United goalkeeper Van der Sar had a blunt message for the Spanish shot-stopper.
“The decision needs to come at a certain point,” Van der Sar is quoted as saying by Metro. “It takes a long time now, so it’s a case of ‘yes’ or ‘no’, but I’m not a director of United.
“Other goalkeepers can also fill the gap. There are a few Premier League goalkeepers playing at the club who can also take the step up.
“I was 34 when I went to United. So there are lots of opportunities there.”
De Gea has won two Premier League titles, the Europa League, the FA Cup twice and the League Cup since his move to Manchester United.
The goalkeeper’s performance level has started to drop over the past 18 months after previously being rated as one of the best in Europe.