David de Gea has been poor at Manchester United in recent games. He needs to prove he’s still the best goalkeeper in the world in order to justify his wages.
A few seasons ago, nobody would question you if you said that Manchester United’s David de Gea is the best goalkeeper in the world.
However, fast-forward a season and a bit, and many would now argue that de Gea is not even the best goalkeeper in the Premier League.
Indeed, United shipped a whopping 54 goals in the league last season with de Gea in between the sticks – more than what Liverpool and Manchester City conceded combined.
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Although many of these goals were down to defensive errors, an alarming amount were as a result of goalkeeping errors.
De Gea was uncharacteristically poor last season, letting goals in at his near post and failing to stop shots even after getting a hand to them.
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Worryingly, it appears that the Spaniard’s poor form has carried over into this season, as seen by his shocking goalkeeping when he let Patrick van Aanholt shot in at his near post, resulting in an embarrassing 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace at home.
This is why it surprised me when the club announced recently that the 28-year-old had signed a new contract, keeping him at Old Trafford until 2023.
Although fans have been begging de Gea to sign a new contract for a while now, it seems strange to offer it him now when he has been in arguably the worst form of his career.
De Gea needs to start keeping clean sheets regularly and get back to pulling off incredible saves before I’m satisfied with this new contract, because right now, he isn’t justifying his wages.