Manchester United are closing in on a new contract for star goalkeeper David de Gea…
Louis van Gaal has endured a mixed start to life as Manchester United manager, but his first masterstroke as Old Trafford boss could arrive in the coming days, if he successfully ties down goalkeeper David de Gea to a new contract.
Reports in the Daily Mirror are suggesting that a new five-year deal is close to completion, despite ongoing interest from Real Madrid. The news will come as a huge boost to Van Gaal as he attempts to mastermind United’s top four push.
De Gea has proved himself one of the most valuable players in United’s squad this season. Humiliating results against the likes of Cambridge United and MK Dons have proved how much work Van Gaal still has to do, with the Spanish stopper vital to his revolution.
Perhaps, you’d go as far as to call De Gea the club’s most important player? We rank the top five below, so click through and see where he ranks:
5) Robin van Persie
The former Arsenal man has been somewhat out of touch this season. There is even an argument to say that the Dutchman has not played consistently well since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club’s managerial role 18 months ago. He has managed just 26 goals in all competitions since Ferguson departed, compared to 30 in one season under the Scotsman. If United are to secure a top four finish this season and stand a chance of winning the FA Cup, the 31-year-old must improve and start showing the form he did for Van Gaal on the international stage.