De Gea has been the best goalkeeper in the Premier League this season, and Paul Scholes has told the Standard that United have the Spanish stopper to thank for their league placing.
The Red Devils sit third after 25 games, having conceded just 24 goals in those games - an incredible feat given the poor quality of their defence. De Gea has single handedly won valuable points for his teammates, and it has been no surprise to see his wonderful form link him with a move to Real Madrid, as per the Mirror.
As he delays on signing a new contract, United fans must fear for their future in the goalkeeping position, regardless of their high quality back-up option. Victor Valdes signed on a free transfer at the start of 2015, although he will not usurp De Gea’s position as first-choice, and there is a feeling that United will suffer if the former Barcelona man is named in the starting XI.
De Gea’s contribution to United’s season has been clear for all to see, and many people believe that they would be far off their current position if they did not have the services of the Spanish international. This view is one shared by club legend Paul Scholes, who wrote in the Standard that they would be a number of places below their current third position if he wasn’t playing.
The former United midfielder said: "This season, how many times have United been rescued by David De Gea? Without him they would be three, four places lower down the table.”
De Gea is well on his way to picking up United’s player of the season award due to his incredible displays, but the fear over his continuing good form concerns his future at Old Trafford - a future that may be away from Manchester if no new contract can be agreed.