Why Manchester Utd must keep this ace at Old Trafford

According to the Express, Manchester United have slapped a £50m price tag on their exceptional goalkeeper David de Gea. Real Madrid have been heavily linked with United’s young star, but Louis van Gaal will hope to fend off any interest with the huge asking price.

De Gea has been in outstanding form for Manchester United this term – the shot-stopper has played a vital role in the clubs big improvement under van Gaal, and he is developing into an even better keeper week after week. The Red Devils’ number one has kept seven Premier League clean sheets so far, and has performed heroics in United’s goal, which has culminated in numerous Man of the Match awards.

The former Atletico Madrid stopper was up to his old tricks yet again last Saturday, as United earned a hard-fought victory against Queens Park Rangers – de Gea denied the in-form Charlie Austin twice in the first-half with two stunning saves, and then smartly kept out a shot by Mauricio Isla in the dying seconds to claim yet another clean sheet.

So it’s no surprise that Manchester United are hoping to tie him down to a new contract at Old Trafford – speaking to Sky Sports recently, Louis van Gaal said;” I think there is no problem for (de Gea) to sign.

“When you are a regular player, then probably you are the best, and then the manager is very happy that a player that is fixed in the line-up will stay.”

Van Gaal has brought in the ex-Barcelona stopper Victor Valdes, but has assured he will not be de Gea’s replacement, and has urged the 33-year-old to challenge de Gea for the No. 1 spot.

“Nobody is happy to be No. 2 and he has to have ambition to beat David de Gea – but it shall be very hard for him,” van Gaal added.

Due to the Spaniard’s standout performances this season, the world’s elite clubs have shown real interest in obtaining his signature. Real Madrid have reportedly been tracking the 24-year-old for quite some time, with Madrid’s long-serving keeper Iker Casillas, who is de Gea’s main rival for Spain’s no. 1 jersey, knocking on at 33-years-old, Carlo Ancelotti would see United’s keeper as the best possible replacement for Casillas at the Bernabeu.

But if the Red Devils want to keep pushing in the right direction then keeping hold of their stalwart goalkeeper must be a priority for Louis van Gaal’s side. De Gea was also a bright spark in Manchester United’s disappointing season last term but, this season, the Spanish international has taken his game to another level, and has certainly developed into one of the world’s best goalkeepers.

After a slow start, United have settled into life under their new Dutch boss, and are starting to look like their normal, formidable selves. The Red Devils sit fourth in the Premier League table and, despite a recent setback against the ever-impressive Southampton, Old Trafford is beginning to become somewhat of a fortress once more.