Despite 12 years in between the sticks at Manchester United, it’s safe to say one fan would be pleased to see the back of David de Gea.
The Spaniard, 32, saw his deal expire at the Old Trafford outfit yesterday after both parties were unable to reach an agreement to extend his stay into the 2023/24 season.
Despite accepting a big wage reduction, from £375k-a-week to £200k-a-week, United’s latest proposal was taken off the table just days before De Gea’s contract elapsed, with Erik ten Hag suddenly undergoing a last-minute change of heart.
As a free agent, the shot-stopper is now free to assess his options and enter talks with a variety of clubs. But the Red Devils have not closed the book on a 13th straight season at the Theatre of Dreams.
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Ten Hag could yet follow the same script as Ashley Young’s departure from Aston Villa last summer – the full-back later penned a new one-year deal at Villa Park. However, one Man Utd fan has made it their personal mission to ensure a new contract for De Gea is not on the cards by releasing a feature-length film entitled ‘David De Gea: Fraud’.
The 1h 49min length video features a cacophony of the goalkeeper’s greatest howlers, including this season’s nightmare performance against Sevilla in the Europa League.
Now viewed by over 7.2m fans on Twitter, the cinematic masterpiece has drawn attention from around the sporting globe, splitting supporters as to whether De Gea should hold on to the no.1 shirt next season.
“Most overrated keeper in PL history,” blasted one supporter. “He’s bad,” simply stated another. “Is 2 hrs of absolute fails not enough?” quipped a third.
But not comments were quick to criticise the long-serving Spaniard. “I really blame De Gea for not taking that Real Madrid and PSG contract those years,” defended one fan. “He could have not renewed his last contract and gone to a new team for free. These people don’t deserve a legend like him.”Surely not a f***ing 1 Hour 49 Minute feature-length film mocking David De Gea,” added a second. “So many defensive mistakes. You can’t be blaming de gea for a lot of these goals,” commented a third.”