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Keeping this United player was the best transfer decision, says James Ducker

Jose Mourinho should be thankful to David De Gea

Manchester United fended off interest from Real Madrid to keep the 27-year-old shot-stopper at Old Trafford

Manchester United’s ability to hold on to their star keeper David de Gea is one of their best piece of transfers. According to James Ducker, De Gea’s stay at the Old Trafford was down to some brilliant piece of a business decision made by the club.

The Spaniard underlined the goalkeeper’s credentials as one of the world’s best if not the best. The 27-year-old goalkeeper was in a scintillating form in United’s 3-1 victory over Arsenal on Saturday. The Spaniard equalled former Newcastle United’s stopper Tim Krul who made 14 saves against Tottenham in November 2013.

Real Madrid has been linked with the Spaniard for four seasons now, after their failed move for the goalkeeper in 2015. However, Ducker appreciates De Gea for not letting the speculation get the better of him. Furthermore, he described the stopper as the ‘ultimate professional’.

De Gea key to United’s success:

Daily Telegraph’s Northern Football correspondent considers that keeping the ex-Atletico man out of the clutches of the European Champions Madrid surpasses the high-profile acquisitions that Jose Mourinho has done in the past two seasons.

“People forget that United and Mourinho gave De Gea the option to go,” he said. “Mourinho is on record saying he didn’t want to keep players who wanted to go.”

“But for various reasons Madrid withdrew from that and United kept De Gea last summer more by accident than design.”

This season, the Spaniard has been in top form, with nine clean sheets in 15 appearances. Further, he has made over 50 saves as the stopper for Manchester United this season.

“What is remarkable about De Gea is that unlike Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, who have only just started performing in recent weeks, his head was turned but he has the ability to block things out and be the ultimate professional.”

“People talk about title credentials and no team wins the league without an excellent goalkeeper. De Gea saves points, at least 10 a season, concluded Ducker.

Author’s take:

There was a point in the Spaniard’s career where he was dropped for six consecutive games. Since then, De Gea has come back stronger than ever to prove that his heart lies at Old Trafford, despite the constant interest from the Spanish capital. Furthermore, the 27-year-old makes around 26.87 passes every match, with 126 accurate long balls in the season. At the present form, it is hard to dispute that De Gea has been United’s best player this season.

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