Reds face tough choice in search for De Gea alternative

David De Gea

It is football’s equivalent of Oscar Season; that time of year when the gongs are handed out and the focus is on individuals rather than teams. This year Manchester United’s sole nominee at the Professional Footballers Association ceremony, held last Sunday, was David De Gea. As the country’s outstanding stopper the Spaniard fully deserved recognition after being voted […]

Poll: will Valdés deal signal De Gea’s departure?

Victor Valdes

Former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdés will sign for Manchester United this week after recovering from a serious knee injury. But what does a deal for the 32-year-old Spanish international say about the future of incumbent number one, David de Gea? Valdés has been training with United since October in a bid to recover from the anterior […]

‘Dave Saves’ but contract remains unsigned

David de Gea

It is not often, mused former Manchester United defender Gary Neville, that a goalkeeper is awarded man-of-the-match in a 3-0 victory, especially when it is the victors’ stopper. Indeed, David de Gea’s nine-save performance against Liverpool at Old Trafford merited every award coming on Sunday. It proved to be yet one more in a string of […]

Ton-up De Gea will gain strength from early-season woes

David De Gea

This isn’t the David de Gea of old – the tentative, error-prone waif that struggled to come to terms with the Premier League after a £17 million transfer from Atlético Madrid. But there is something amis with Manchester United’s goalkeeper this season. Confidence, form, a change of manager, coach and regime? All of the above, […]

David de Gea’s year of growth

David De Gea

April 2012: Manchester City’s Joe Hart was named in the Premier League team of the year, while Manchester United’s David De Gea faced a summer of seemingly endless debate about his future as the club’s number one keeper. There were plenty of suggestions that the Spaniard could be replaced permanently, either by Anders Lindegaard, or by […]

Reds face up to early season disruption

London 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson could face a challenging start to the new season, with Euro 2012, injury, and the Olympics disrupting Manchester United’s preparations ahead of the Premier League’s start on 18 August. Seven United players will miss the Reds’ pre-season tour of South Africa, China and Norway after appearing in the Euro 2012 tournament this […]

De Gea excels and now comes the grudging respect

“OMG,” extolled BBC pundit Mark Bright on Twitter in August, “Man Utd cannot win the Premier League with de Gea.” Bright’s deliciously reactionary, and embarrassingly premature assertion, made on the evidence one suspects, of having watched young David de Gea in matches against Manchester City and West Bromwich Albion alone, was not the only knee-jerk […]

Patience required for de Gea’s time to come

David de Gea

Fans, so the cliché goes, can be fickle. Indeed, supporters’ frustration, together with social media’s immediacy, has created the impression that Manchester United fans swing from one instant reaction to the next. One mistake, a poor game, let alone defeat, results in a tsunami of opinion, often debased to mindless vitriolic abuse. The rush to […]

De Gea trouble nothing if not predictable

David de Gea

David de Gea’s difficult start in English football is, of course, a lesson in predictability. Errors against both Manchester City in the Community Shield and West Bromwich Albion on Sunday in the Premier League have brought concerned looks from teammates and critical reviews from the nation’s media. Neither comes as a surprise, with the former Atlético […]

de Gea starts as Fergie urges ‘keeper patience

Anders Lindegaard

Manchester United’s new €20 million goalkeeper David de Gea could start his first match for the club against Seattle Sounders on Thursday morning but manager Sir Alex Ferguson has warned that fans may need to be patient with the 20-year-old former Atlético de Madrid player. The player joined training with his new colleagues this week but the Spaniard will […]