TV pictures showed bottles being thrown at David de Gea during the ‘Battle of Boleyn’ against West Ham United on Tuesday night, and given the season that the Spaniard has had, it would not have been a surprise if the Manchester United goalkeeper had pushed one bottle around the post and tipped the other one over the bar.
After the match, some United fans admitted that the goalkeeper has become too good for their team and urged him to save himself and move to Real Madrid. It may have been a bit harsh, and said in the heat of the moment, but those fans could have a case.
De Gea was on the brink of signing for the La Liga giants last summer, but due to paperwork being submitted too late, the deal collapsed and the 'keeper stayed put at Old Trafford.
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Since then, the Spaniard has put pen-to-paper at United and signed a new long-term deal at the club, but with a top-four finish out of their hands, De Gea could be back on Madrid's radar come the summer.
With his future still under question, here are three reasons why De Gea should quit United while he is ahead and transfer to the Bernabeu.
1. Managerial merry-go-round
Having been signed by Sir Alex Ferguson from Atletico Madrid for £17.8 million in 2011, De Gea has matured into that rare breed; a young and solid goalkeeper. Like Manchester City’s Joe Hart, any setbacks along the way have only made him stronger.
Unfortunately, this resilience does not extend to the Old Trafford managerial position and the uncertainty cannot help the player’s confidence. Every footballer needs to know that he is trusted by his manager and that trust cannot be built if there is constant doubt if the manager will last the next seven days.
Ferguson retired in 2013, at the end of De Gea’s second season, but the young goalkeeper had every reason to expect that United would be able to maintain the Scot’s notoriously high standards.
Winning United’s ‘Player of the Season’ title for the third successive year does not do justice to the impact and importance of the 25-year-old’s performances.
That the Red Devils ever had an outside chance of Champions League football next season is almost entirely due to his handiwork, and his penalty save from Everton's Romelu Lukaku in the FA Cup semi-final could prove significant should he ultimately get his hands on the famous trophy.
2. Money, money, money
Knowing that Los Blancos were willing to put their money where their mouth was with a massive financial offer last summer would have given De Gea the confidence to take his game to the next level.
De Gea definitely deserves Champions League football next season and his on-off transfer to Madrid could yet carry on where it left off. The Madrid native is certainly a potential ‘Galactico’ and is easily good enough to keep the Bernabeu goal for the next ten years.
However, subsequently signing a new and improved Old Trafford deal at the start of this season would mean Zinedine Zidane needing to activate the £30 million release clause, but a similar situation did not hinder Madrid’s pursuit of former United star Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009.
3. International Recognition
If the Spaniard continues to take his Old Trafford form onto the international stage, he could yet seal his dream move.
Being based in Spain’s capital can only help the recognition in his homeland as he seeks to be the first person on national team manager Vicente del Bosque’s team-sheet.
De Gea is definitely eyeing a Euro 2016 place ahead of Iker Casillas in the Spanish team, and may also be ready to belatedly pick up where the 34-year-old left off at Real Madrid.
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