Benni McCarthy Gives Brutally Honest Assessment of de Gea at Manchester United

Benni McCarthy Gives Brutally Honest Assessment of de Gea at Manchester United

Elijah Odetokun
June 9, 2023 at 8:53 AM
  • Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea is faced with an uncertain future
  • His current contract runs out this month and he has yet to agree to a renewal
  • He reportedly turned down a lucrative offer from Saudi Arabia as he wants to remain in Europe

David De Gea’s future at Manchester United remains unclear, with his contract winding up in a few days, and a new yet to be agreed upon.

De Gea has been a subject of criticism from the fans this season, where he was on the receiving end of heavy score lines despite picking up the league’s golden gloves with 17 clean sheets.

Many fans believe the club should not extend his contract as it presents a perfect opportunity to let him leave, freeing up a significant wage on the payroll.

David De Gea, Manchester United, Manchester City, FA Cup final, Wembley Stadium.
David De Gea looks disappointed during Manchester United's FA Cup final loss to Manchester City. Photo by Will Palmer.
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According to Manchester Evening News, the Spaniard is willing to accept a pay cut on his current £375,000 per week wages to remain at Old Trafford but rejected a first proposal from the club.

McCarthy’s assessment of De Gea

United’s forward coach Benni McCarthy has thrown his weight behind the 31-year-old amid criticism from the fans and a contract standstill with the club.

“He kept 17 clean sheets in the league. Yes, of course, you're going to concede, but to win the Golden Glove for yet another season is remarkable,” he told 947 Joburg.
“You see how difficult the league is. I understand everyone has a bad game here and there, but it doesn’t stop him being one of the best goalkeepers I have seen or worked with. He is unbelievable.”

The South African claimed he sees things fans don’t see, and it is unfair to assess the goalkeeper based on Saturday views alone.

“I get to see first hand more than what most people get to see. You see it only on a Saturday… It would be a crime if Man United lose a goalkeeper like David de Gea,” he added.

Erik Ten Hag cannot guarantee the former Atletico Madrid goalie a starting berth next season and has lined up replacements, including Andre Onana and Diogo Costa.

Ten Hag defends De Gea

Sports Brief reported that Ten Hag backed De Gea after criticisms over his latest error in the FA Cup final against Manchester City.

Ilkay Gundogan opened the scoring in the 13th second before adding a second early in the second half, which fans believe the goalkeeper should be saving.

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