“Other Keepers Will Step Forward”
Former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar insists that there are other keepers capable of taking the place of David De Gea.
Spain international De Gea is out of contract at the end of the season and is free to speak to overseas clubs from 1 January. Rumours suggest he is set to sign a new deal that would put him alongside Paul Pogba in the list of high earners art Old Trafford.
However, van der Sar -who spent six years at Old Trafford between 2005 and 2011 and is now the chief executive at Ajax, does not believe that keeping De Gea is essential for United.
“The decision will have to come at some point. It takes a long time, so it’s a yes or no decision. But I am not the manager of Manchester United” said the Dutchman.
“Other goalkeepers can fill that void,” he added. “There are goalkeepers currently playing with clubs in the Premier League that will want to step forward. I went to Manchester United when I was 34 years old so there are many opportunities there,”
However, van der Sar acknowledged that De Gea isn’t perhaps at peak form compared to a few years ago.
“He has been playing at such a high level for a long time and at certain times you realise, maybe not at first but perhaps when people start writing about it [a loss of form]. But he will be fine because he is a great goalkeeper.”