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Mourinho's "lucky" David de Gea rant sheds light on Man Utd transfer mistake


When David de Gea committed his future to Manchester United in 2019, it was a deal lauded by many.

After all, he had spent years fluttering his eyelashes at Real Madrid, with links between De Gea and a return to the Spanish capital seeming to resurface in every window.

After the keeper signed his extension, one that will see him under contract until 2023, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “Over recent years, David has proved himself to be the best in the world and a vital part of our plans as we look to take Manchester United back to where it belongs.”



David de Gea signed a new Man Utd deal in September 2019

But while the current United boss was delighted to get the deal over the line, the man he replaced in the Old Trafford dugout was somewhat less impressed.

During his stint as a Sky Sports pundit, Jose Mourinho made it clear that he felt his old team had made a mistake in offering the former Atletico Madrid a bumper new deal.

The Portuguese believed the United keeper’s window for a move had closed and that the Red Devils handed out a contract that no other side would have matched.

“De Gea? I think the moment when he signed his huge contract, is the moment I don’t think United needs to pay as much as that to have him,” Mourinho said during the 2019/20 season.



Jose Mourinho suggested De Gea was “lucky” to have been given the contract

“One or two years ago he had the world after him, in this moment, the majority of the big doors were closed.

“The Real Madrid door is closed, they don’t need a goalkeeper after [Thibaut] Courtois. Barcelona is closed with young and fantastic [Marc-Andre] ter Stegen and Paris Saint-Germain is closed too as they signed Keylor Navas who is a very good goalkeeper.

“I don’t see the pressure,” he continued. “Who is going to pay David these numbers? [De Gea] gets a phenomenal contract in a moment where he’s a bit lucky to get it. Is he good? Yes, he’s very good.

“David is much better on the line than coming out. I think in goal, his agility and technical level is second to none.”



De Gea’s place is now under scrutiny after a string of mistakes

Fast forward 18 months and Mourinho’s assessment looks like it may have been spot on.

De Gea’s reputation as one of the world’s best now eludes him, with many believing he is no longer even the most talented within the United squad.

Solskjaer has admitted that it is becoming more and more difficult to leave out back-up Dean Henderson, while Gary Neville believes the ‘keeper situation must be looked at.

While Mourinho undoubtedly made mistakes during his time as Manchester United manager, had he still been at the club in September 2019, there may have been a different resolution to David de Gea’s contract situation.





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