Eyebrows have been raised in the Transfer Tavern today following a statement from a Manchester United legend, as he indicates he didn’t want to sign the club’s current top star.
“Eric Steele had been scouting David de Gea for quite a while, but then Neuer came on the scene at Schalke. And I think Schalke would’ve been happy if we’d have gone and taken him,”
“So my problem was Eric, because he was adamant that we must take De Gea. I said ‘but Eric, the boy Neuer is the complete unit; he’s mature, his physique is unbelievable’, and he says ‘yeah, but in three years’ time, De Gea will be better’.”
“Eric and I went out to watch him (De Gea) against Valencia away, and the things he’d been speaking about – his agility, his confidence, his speed – were evident. And Eric had been building a relationship with his parents, and was so adamant, that I had to trust him – and I’m glad I did, because he was right.”
In the end, De Gea was a quality purchase from United but some fans will be disappointed to hear that World Cup winner Manuel Neuer could have been in the Premier League! Ultimately though, he’s become a superstar at Bayern Munich instead.
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