Monday 16

Manchester United

De Gea in danger of losing Spanish number one shirt for good

26th August 2019, 17:35

David de Gea's latest performances for Manchester United have left him vulnerable to losing his status as Spain's number one to Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The 28-year-old was beaten at his near post by Patrick van Aanholt’s stoppage-time strike on Saturday as Crystal Palace clinched their first-ever Premier League win over Manchester United.

And it’s a goal he will have been very unhappy about conceding.

The former Atletico Madrid custodian was left exposed for Palace’s first goal of the game and won’t carry any blame and didn’t cop any flak after conceding Ruben Neves’ spectacular effort in last week’s 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

But three games into the season, De Gea is starting to show signs of the flagging form that contributed to United’s diabolical end to last season.

United didn’t keep a clean sheet in any of the their final 11 Premier league matches of 2018-19 and De Gea’s tally of just seven blanks for the season was significantly down on the 18 he managed the season before – which earned him the league’s ‘Golden Glove’ award.

Uncharacteristically, the keeper made four errors which led directly to a goal last term – one of which came in a crucial derby clash with Manchester City in April.

And with Kepa breathing down his neck, how Spain coach Robert Moreno chooses to deploy his goalkeepers in next month’s Euro 2020 qualifiers suddenly becomes more of a debate.

Moreno has already stated he will be showing no favouritism, with neither player guaranteed a starting spot under him for the September double header against Romania and Faroe Islands.

“My goalkeepers are De Gea, Kepa and [Roma’s] Pau Lopez,” Moreno told radio station Cadena SER.

“I like that there is competition. Kepa is not ahead of De Gea, and neither is ahead of Pau.

“I want to get to the Euros with three goalkeepers who are ready to compete. They are all playing at a high level and there are nuances and differences between them. All three have good footwork.

“At Barca, we won the treble alternating goalkeepers.”


Current Chelsea number one Kepa has started each of the national team’s three matches since former head coach Luis Enrique handed the reins to his long-time assistant in March.

De Gea had previously owned the position, but a poor World Cup weakened his standing in his home country and recent displays are unlikely to have restored his former reputation as one of the best in the world.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

More Manchester United

Manchester United

Matic ready for first-team battle at Manchester United

16th September 2019, 11:34

Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic says he will not become disruptive in the dressing room as he tries to win his place back.

Manchester United

Solskjaer happy with the points but not performance as Reds edge past Foxes

15th September 2019, 06:25

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was not happy with Manchester United’s performance against Leicester City, but was just glad to get back to winning ways.

Manchester United

Why de Gea new deal could actually hasten United exit

14th September 2019, 12:20

David de Gea has finally agreed a new, five-year contract at Manchester United, according to reports on Saturday, but does that mean he will be sticking around?

Manchester United

Solskjaer talks up Maguire’s captaincy credentials

13th September 2019, 16:47

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has indicated he sees summer buy Harry Maguire as a future Old Trafford captain.

Manchester United

Solskjaer keen to see De Gea make long-term United commitment

13th September 2019, 13:51

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he wants to see David de Gea remain at Manchester United for the rest of his career following more speculation over his future.

Manchester United

Juve eye Matic as Pogba alternative

13th September 2019, 11:16

Nemanja Matic has reportedly been identified by Juventus as a possible alternative if they are unable to broker a return for Paul Pogba to Turin.

Recent Sport Headlines


Barca lining up swoop for Reds ace

16th September 2019, 13:02

Barcelona are reported to be showing an interest in Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk and could make their move at the end of the season.

Manchester City

De Bruyne insists title race still wide open

16th September 2019, 13:02

Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne has warned Liverpool not to get carried away despite leading by five points.


Injured Kent backed for flying return

16th September 2019, 12:34

Ryan Kent is set to be sidelined “for at least a few weeks” due to injury but team-mate Andy Halliday has backed him to return to top form quickly.

Tottenham Hotspur

Aurier now ‘happy’ to stay with Spurs

16th September 2019, 12:32

Serge Aurier claims his "happy to stay" at Tottenham after admitting a "personal situation" was the reason he asked to leave in the summer.


Lennon confirms Celtic’s interest in Tottenham ace Wanyama

16th September 2019, 12:04

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has revealed he wanted to sign Tottenham's Victor Wanyama in the summer.

Norwich City

Reports in Finland: Canaries to be inundated with Christmas bids for ‘Santa’ Pukki

16th September 2019, 12:02

Christmas has come early for Norwich fans with the form of Teemu Pukki boosting City's survival hopes, but sources in Finland believe bids will be made for him.

Manchester United

Matic ready for first-team battle at Manchester United

16th September 2019, 11:34

Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic says he will not become disruptive in the dressing room as he tries to win his place back.

Inter Milan

Pundit axed over Lukaku ‘bananas’ comment

16th September 2019, 11:34

An Italian TV football pundit has been axed after making a racist comment about Romelu Lukaku.