Manchester United finally agreed to enter into a deal with their goalkeeper David De Gea. After a long period of a new contract saga, United acceded to the demands of the Spanish goalkeeper and agreed to sign a new deal.
It is understood that the 28-year-old will sign the six-year contract when they return to England from Shanghai after their friendly match against Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday.
De Gea has been the best goalkeeper at Old Trafford until the 2018-19 season when he conceded certain goals that many believed he should have saved. It was a poor spell for him!
Initially, the Spanish keeper demanded a £500,000-a-week as part of the new contract. But United chief Ed Woodward was hesitant to grant him that due to his decline in form in the last season.
His new contract with the Red Devils has sparked mixed reactions with some believing that it was a wise decision to contain him at Old Trafford.
Deserves every penny. About time to be honest
— Aaron Trigg (@Aaron_Trigga10) July 21, 2019
The great wall❤️
— Max (@deewanabanade) July 21, 2019
Some, however, have bashed Ed Woodward for making a mistake, terming the decision a desperate one. Led by former Crystal Palace Football Club owner Simon Jordan, a section of fans believe that De Gea does not deserve the offer due to his declining form.
“I think this is Manchester United, this is Ed Woodward saying: ‘I don’t need a goalkeeper problem, i can’t be bothered with that. We’ve got problems with Pogba, problems with Lukaku, I’ve got a manager I think might be fit for purpose but I’m taking a fly on him…’
“I think Woodward is being lazy and would rather say, ‘I’ll do something with other people’s money’.
“I’m not saying De Gea is in full decline, but what I am saying, when you look at the statistics, is where else do you get a reward for going backward?”
Past his prime. Limited when it comes to crosses. Can’t play with his feet. Reflexes won’t last forever. Sell him get a top.class keeper in
— agaziani (@AGaziani) July 20, 2019
I like the idea that DdG has signed a new contract (inasmuch as that means anything nowadays) but I feel he needs to regain my confidence in his performances. Poor end of season and rusty v Inter yesterday!
— Peter Pocklington (@freedomquadrant) July 21, 2019
David is old, 6 years????
— Metro Bass (@ZaddySA) July 22, 2019
This leaves us with one question- did Manchester United made a desperate decision?