David de Gea’s penalty miss in sudden death saw Manchester United lose the Europa League final to Villarreal. On the back of 120 minutes of exhausting football, the scoreline had remained 1-1 and the game went to penalties.
With both teams converting five out of five, it was then time for sudden death. Interestingly, all 20 outfield players ended up scoring, leaving it 10-10. Then, Gerónimo Rulli put the ball past De Gea. De Gea failed to do the same though, and Villarreal clinched the title.
This was the club’s chance to win their first piece of silverware under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and thus, the result on the night was surely disappointing. It also meant that the Red Devils have now gone four seasons without a trophy.
Questions have been raised about the future of De Gea as well, as it looks like Dean Henderson is above him in the pecking order at the moment.
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Manchester United are considering David de Gea swap
As reported by The Sun, Manchester United seem prepared to include David de Gea as part of a deal for Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak this summer.
Considered one of the best in the world, Oblak, who has recently won the La Liga with the Rojiblancos, is believed to be rated at around £70 million. And that’s why the Red Devils might be interested in including the Spanish goalkeeper as part of the deal to bring that figure down a bit.
One-time Premier League winner with the Red Devils, De Gea, as per FBref.com, has played 26 matches in the Premier League this term, registering a successful save percentage of 67.1%, which is his lowest in league competition while playing for Manchester United and lowest in league competition overall since his debut campaign with Atletico Madrid in the 2009/10 season, when he had a 65.9% save percentage.
De Gea has been with the club for almost a decade now and in that period of time, he has perhaps been their standout performer. But it might time for change, for both club and player.