Manchester United star De Gea should be Spain's number one, says Gibson

Former Manchester United forward Terry Gibson believes it is time that the former world champions made a change between the sticks.

Manchester United’s David De Gea should be first choice for Spain former Manchester United forward Terry Gibson has told Sky Sports.

The United 'keeper has been in fine form for his side under new manager Louis van Gaal, firmly establishing himself as number one at Old Trafford, despite the arrival of Victor Valdes in January.

However, his international fortunes have not been so good, with him forced to watch from the sidelines as veteran Real Madrid keeper Iker Casillas continues to be his country’s number one.

Gibson though, believes it is time manager Vicente Del Bosque makes the change and brings De Gea into the fold.

“In every aspect De Gea should be the goalkeeper now, but how do you go about doing it?” he told the La Liga Weekly Podcast.

“It appears Del Bosque is going to stick with Casillas. For a goalkeeper, 33 is no age and he has withstood pressure in the past from other great goalkeepers, notably Victor Valdes and Pepe Reina.”

Casillas has won three major trophies with the international side during his time, earning 161 caps in the process. However, he has recently come in for criticism at both domestic and international level, leading to the calls for De Gea to replace him.

Gibson though, believes that the Real Madrid man would not be happy being his country’s number two after commanding the number one jersey for so long.

“I can’t see Casillas travelling all around the world and being back-up goalkeeper,” he added.

“If Real Madrid want a new goalkeeper then Casillas will have to go, and if Spain want a new goalkeeper then it will have to be retirement for Casillas from international football.”

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