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Dwight Yorke: David de Gea would be big loss to Manchester United but can be replaced

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The ex-Manchester United striker believes no-one is irreplaceable but David de Gea would be a big loss.

As the weeks wind down and more transfer speculation hits the surface, it looks increasingly likely that David de Gea will leave Manchester United for Real Madrid.

After being named Manchester United Player of the Year in consecutive seasons, most United fans cannot describe de Gea's importance over the last two years.

Those two seasons have been difficult for the club overall. No trophies have been delivered since Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement and David Moyes didn't last a year in the hot seat.

Now they have Louis van Gaal at the helm and it's been a work in process. If United don't compete more for the title next season, the Dutchman ought to bring home some type of silverware.

Dwight Yorke, who spent four years at Manchester United, winning three Premier League titles, one European Cup and one FA Cup, believes de Gea is predominantly the reason why the club managed to get a place back in the Champions League.

"No-one’s irreplaceable but if David De Gea leaves Manchester United – and it’s looking likely he may – he will be a big, big loss," Yorke told Kicca.

"Not only is he one of the best 'keepers in the Premier League, if not the world, but he is predominantly the reason why United managed to finish fourth and get a place back in the Champions League.

"We don’t know De Gea’s definitely going yet. It is just speculation. But he’s always likely to want to play for a club like Real Madrid, especially bearing in mind where David comes from."

Yorke spent two of his United years with Peter Schmeichel being the first choice goalkeeper, but refuses to compare the Spaniard to his former team-mate.

"I’m not going to compare him to Peter Schmeichel just yet. But what I will say is that he’s been named the Players’ Player of the Year for the past two seasons at United, become a huge favourite with the fans and a key, key member of the team.

"No other player has been as influential this season in United’s fourth place. United have prided themselves over the years with fielding the very best keepers. David’s right up there.

"In Victor Valdes the team have someone with as good a pedigree as anyone and maybe he will get his chance next season, but De Gea’s boots will be hard to fill."

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