David De Gea has established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in world football in the last couple of seasons.
After originally coming to England as an error-prone and nervous young Spanish keeper who was easily bullied on crosses into the box, De Gea is now a large, authoritative presence in between the sticks at Old Trafford.
He has been a revelation over the last two seasons, first winning the club’s Player of the Year award after David Moyes’ troublesome spell in charge.
But it is under Louis van Gaal where De Gea has truly excelled. His remarkable saves at crucial times in matches have kept United in and ahead in games constantly all year. In truth, if De Gea wasn’t in goal, United would not have already wrapped up a spot in the top four this season.
United have not had the most secure of backlines, with injuries forcing Van Gaal into changes in personnel consistently all year. However, one ever-present has been De Gea.
His save against Crystal Palace last weekend summed his season up. At 1-1, with the game in the balance, Glenn Murray was provided with a golden opportunity from point blank range, only to meet De Gea who spread himself and somehow kept it out with the goal gaping.
It was the latest in a long line of amazing stops from the former Atletico Madrid keeper. His heroics at Old Trafford against Liverpool come to mind, as does the last minute effort against Stoke and the penalty save from Leighton Baines against Everton.
He has been consistently superb and deserved to finish in third place in the PFA Player of the Year voting, which for a goalkeeper is unprecedented. He is without doubt, the best goalkeeper in the Premier League.
Unfortunately for United, his contract expires next summer, meaning there is a strong chance they could lose him before next season starts unless they renew it quickly. It is no secret that Real Madrid are keen to snap up the stopper, per the Telegraph.
However, there is hope for United fans. Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has said on Thursday that the club are looking at the players whose contracts are expiring.
He told the Daily Star, "There are several players out of our 30 first-team players, maybe around eight or nine, who are out of contract next season."
"There are only a couple this season who are on the periphery, so it's not going to have a major impact from an inflationary perspective, because that's a fairly normal ratio to be honest.
"Obviously a number of those who have one year left will be offered new contracts and negotiations are under way [with certain players]."