David De Gea
The beginning of the 2015/16 campaign was certainly not a smooth one for David De Gea, or indeed for the Old Trafford team in charge of transfer negotiations, as the world-class Spanish goalkeeper seemed to be edging ever closer to a move to Real Madrid. After a fairly bizarre series of circumstances, the transfer never materialised and so; after sitting out the first few matches of Manchester United’s season, De Gea was welcomed back into the fold. Although his understudy; Sergio Romero, had not looked out of place between the sticks for The Red Devils, it was immediately clear what United had been missing when their number one was back.
Incredibly, there were no signs of rustiness or a lack of match-readiness in the games straight after his return and while the vast majority of those around him struggled to play well across an entire ninety minutes; let alone perform consistently from week to week, David De Gea has produced displays of a high standard nearly every time he steps out onto the field. The Spaniard is a fairly sure bet to be Manchester United’s player of the season once again, as he has kept The Red Devils alive in a contest on more occasions this term than many would care to remember. A prime example of this; although it eventually proved fruitless this time, was in the Europa League when LVG’s side faced off against their bitter rivals; Liverpool, in a two-legged affair. Had it not been for him, The Reds would have surely been out of sight after the first leg at Anfield, and could also have bagged a few more than just the one they managed at Old Trafford. Some fabulous stops from Philippe Coutinho and particular kept United in the tie and they will need performances of a similar magnitude if they are to overhaul local rivals Manchester City and qualify for the Champions League.
If they fail to reach the group stages of Europe’s elite competition, it is quite likely that the Old Trafford faithful will see the back of David De Gea over the summer, especially if Real Madrid’s legal team are able to manipulate the terms of the impending transfer embargo in their favour. Either way, it is unlikely to be a quiet summer in terms of De Gea’s immediate future, but his importance to Manchester United is such that their fans will be absolutely desperate for him to stay at the club.