Spanish goalkeeper De Gea has been of vital importance to the Red Devils this term, and there is no guessing how much worse off they would be without him.
With his contract expiring at the end of next season, and with Real Madrid reportedly tracking his availability - as per the Daily Mail - United have been attempting to get the 24-year-old to sign a new contract, tying his future to Old Trafford, as claimed by the Manchester Evening News.
Despite talks being ongoing since the opening weeks of the campaign, there has been no forward movement evident, and it does not appear as if the Spanish international is any closer to signing the proposed deal.
People associated with the club have refused to be drawn in by the rumours, and no one has commented on the potential of De Gea signing a new contract, but a report published by Spanish media outlet AS on Wednesday has suggested the reason why the deal has yet to be confirmed.
As claimed by the outlet, De Gea has become frustrated with head coach Louis van Gaal’s under appreciation of him, and has not spoken to the Dutch coach for a number of months. There is no obvious fight going on between the two men, but earlier in the season van Gaal did write off the praise that De Gea was receiving from all corners of the press after a number of good performances.
Quoted by the Daily Star, van Gaal went against the grain to claim that De Gea was not helping the club win points. He said: “He doesn't save many points because he is my keeper. His obligation is to hold balls. You are thinking that is an exception for other goalkeepers and it is not. I am sorry for that.”
What does this mean for Manchester United?
With Real Madrid’s reported interest in De Gea, United fans may start to worry that they could potentially lose their key man for a negligible fee if he chooses to not sign the new contract.
There is no denying that he clearly enjoys his time at Old Trafford, but the friction between himself and van Gaal could prove too large to overcome if Spanish reports are to be believed, and it could prove very costly to the Red Devils.