Man Utd will target Everton's Jordan Pickford if David De Gea decides to leave

Man Utd's David De Gea

David De Gea appears to be on the cusp of leaving Manchester United.

The Spaniard is yet to agree a new contract at Old Trafford and Juventus are keen on pulling off what would be a huge transfer.

It would be a devastating blow to Jose Mourinho's side, who have endured a torrid start to the season.

United are already 12 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City and losing arguably their most important player would do little to help the manager's cause.

Without De Gea in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era, you really do wonder how low United would have sunk.

And it seems the Red Devils are concerned that De Gea could be on his way out; because they've already drawn up a plan to replace him.

According to The Sun, United are already planning to bid for Everton's Jordan Pickford, with a £60m figure being quoted in the report.

Pickford recently signed a new deal with the Toffees, so that figure is certainly realistic - it may even be too low given Kepa Arrizabalaga's £71m move to Chelsea.

United have shown interest in Pickford before and his stock has increased a lot since his performances with England at the World Cup.

Everton's Pickford

He's also impressed with Everton in 2018/19 and it's easy to think that he could be United's new number one.

De Gea has actually been receiving some criticism for his performances with Spain, most notably in the recent 3-2 loss to Croatia.

Manager Luis Enrique even had to diffuse the criticism in his latest press conference.

"You need to accept [criticism], but when it is directed at an individual player [De Gea] it is strange," Enrique said, per Marca.

De Gea in Spain training

"Criticism should be for all and for the coach.When it's focussed on one person then that's unfair.

"Goals aren't scored against a goalkeeper just because of him, the other positions play and matter too. A goalkeeper can't make a mistake if the ball doesn't reach him.

"I won't talk about my preferences, as my actions speak louder than my words. I won't put a player on trial."I evaluate things in a general sense.  At no point will I hold a public inquest for any of my players."

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