The Manchester United fans were delighted in the Transfer Tavern on the bank holiday weekend after watching their side record a comfortable 2-0 victory over Swansea City at Old Trafford.
Jose Mourinho’s side continued to strengthen their grip on 2nd place in the Premier League with a routine victory over the relegation-threatened Swans in Manchester. First half goals from Romelu Lukaku and a first United goal from open play for Alexis Sanchez proved to be the difference between the two sides. In truth, the result never looked in doubt as United did not have to discover their best form to see off the challenge of Carlos Cavahal’s side who struggled to threaten David De Gea’s goal. The Spanish goalkeeper has come to United’s rescue on plenty of occasions over the years, but this was certainly not one of them.
Next up for United is a trip to face their local-rivals Manchester City in a game which could mathematically conclude the race for the Premier League title with 6 fixtures left to play, and if The Red Devils are to prevent City from securing their second trophy of the season then De Gea (valued at £54 million by Transfermarkt) will certainly need to be at his absolute best at The Etihad Stadium.
De Gea’s future at the club has been called into question in almost every transfer window throughout his United career, but recent reports from The Sun suggest that an end to the links with Real Madrid could be quashed once and for all in the imminent future. According to The Sun, De Gea is set to sign a 5-year contract extension with the club worth £350,000 per week.
Whether De Gea will put pen to paper to sign the aforementioned deal remains to be seen, but if Mourinho manages to convince him to remain in Manchester then it will undoubtedly be one of the best agreements the club have completed in recent times. The importance of De Gea to United’s success cannot be underestimated, as without him they would struggle to even finish inside the top-four.
Fans and pundits alike have run out of superlatives to describe the quality of De Gea, and there’s no doubt that he would be impossible to adequately replace in the short-term. With that in mind, Mourinho should insist that all of the United number one’s demands are met in negotiations over his new contract, otherwise the club could be destined for a prolonged period of subordination to their local-rivals.