David de Gea: Man Utd activate one-year extension on keeper's contract

Posted November 30, 2018

He successfully filled the void left by Edwin Van Der Sar and helped United to the last of their 13 Premier League titles under Alex Ferguson in the 2012/13 season. The belief that their team can grab a late victor has lessened, the fans have been worn down and have grown exhausted with the low-scoring, entertainment-lite football they have been watching.

However, that initial flurry of excitement quickly died down as again Mourinho's men laboured to break down the Swiss champions, who they beat 3-0 in Bern back in September thanks to a Pogba double. The pace on the counter, the trickery and the deft touch reminding me of Cristiano Ronaldo during his days at the Theatre of Dreams.

Manager Jose Mourinho called his keeper the "best in the world" after the mid-week game against Young Boys in the Champions League and was adamant that a new contract was a formality.

Mourinho said that his side's performance deserved more than the draw which had looked to be their fate.

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The Manchester-born striker is on a hard run of form following a return of one goal in his last eight games in all competitions after finding the net against Bournemouth at the start of the month. I think we didn't play for that, we didn't play for 0-0. My players were very exhausted at the end.

"Without David [de Gea's] save, no winning goal", said Mourinho, in reference to his goalkeeper's goal line stop from Ulisses Garcia.

The move merely prevents them from losing him on a free contract next summer, so that they can charge as high a fee as possible for one of the world's best goalkeepers. We talked here last year about preparing on time for Sevilla and that did not end well, so things should definitely be different this year.

Manchester United triggering the one-year option in De Gea's contract does little to change the landscape of making their plans for his replacement.

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"For some of my lovers, and those that like stats, I am 14 seasons in the Champions League and 14 times my teams have qualified through to the group stages".

That has often entailed one of their defenders launching the ball forward to Romelu Lukaku and the Belgian trying to bring his team-mates into play.

Yes, Rashford missed a number of chances, but just seeing the threat he caused was something similar of years gone by.

Manchester United's starting XI: David De Gea; Antonio Valencia, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Luke Shaw; Marouane Fellaini, Nemanja Matic, Fred; Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial.

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"Can myself, or another manager, have a reaction of frustration?" There has never been a more expensive pair of substitutes introduced in any football match. With the club happy to hand over huge wages to players like Daley Blind before he left, that can not be a sticking point. He knows that the win takes the heat off United and him, but not much. The rules state that teams with same number of points are being sorted by their head-to-head rather than goal-difference and United do have advantage here.