Former defender Paul Parker says Erik ten Hag must renew David de Gea’s contract, claiming that would ‘never do a good at the club’.
There has been much speculation surrounding the future of De Gea whose 12-year stay at Old Trafford may be coming to an end with his current deal expiring in the summer.
While the goalkeeper has has some shaky moments in recent times, on the whole he has performed very well this season, keeping 13 clean sheets in 28 appearance so far, conceding just 29 goals in the process.
But there are rumours that Ten Hag wants to replace the 32-year-old with a keeper who is more comfortable with his feet and playing out from the back, with the likes of Porto’s Diogo Costa, Brentford’s David Raya and ’s Pickford linked with the Red Devils.
Pickford could very well be available this summer if struggling Everton are relegated from the Premier League, with the England No.1 unlikely to stay at Goodison Park if that happens.
Despite the Toffees’ struggles, the 28-year-old has remained in top form and is well-known for his abilities on the ball, but Parker is not convinced and thinks that De Gea should be shown more respect.
‘David De Gea has been criticised too much the last two or three seasons,’ Parker told .
‘He has done incredibly well for Man United and he should be respected a lot more than he does.
‘He is not the best with his feet but his job is to save the shots that he faces. Otherwise, you could just bring Jordan Pickford to the club who has amazing kicking stats in FIFA, but he would never be able to do a good job at Man United.
‘The real Man United fans would like to see David de Gea renewing his contract but the FIFA-fans might want Jordan Pickford at Man United, which is disrespectful.
‘He deserves a new contract. He has earned the right to stay at Man United but I still hope that the club will bring a goalkeeper to compete with him. Every player needs competition.’
De Gea’s competition at United currently consists of on-loan Jack Butland and veteran Tom Heaton.
It is not clear which of the three will start the Red Devils’ next game on Saturday, when they host Reading in the FA Cup fourth round.
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