It’s been just 18 months since United found and signed the next ‘World’s Best Goalkeeper’ from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2011. Is it working out for club and player though? Are United facing the same hunt to fill the Number One shirt again, just 60 appearances later?
If rumours are to be believed, the relationship between United and De Gea is not one made in heaven. De Gea is seemingly ‘homesick’ and United are openly touting new keepers.
I’m not one to get on the backs of players just for the sake of it or because the player is the latest name heavily criticised on the media bandwagon, in De Gea’s case though, I’m accused of it.
Ryan Giggs rolled back the years and produced a vintage performance as United moved into the fourth round of the FA Cup after an insipid 1-0 win against West Ham at Old Trafford. The Welshman was one of the few positives of a game in which United never really got going and risked more than they would have liked.
With a trip to White Hart Lane looming large on the horizon, the return from injury of Nani, Wayne Rooney and Anderson meant that despite ringing 10 changes from Sunday’s win against Liverpool, Sir Alex Ferguson could still afford the luxury of fielding a strong-looking team.
In an amazing interview aired in Argentina today, Luis Suarez claims the English media are ‘controlled by Man United’.
Suarez went on to accuse the English media of unfairly treating him and his South American compatriots differently to native players.
He said: ‘When someone comes and says to me something bad about being a South American, I don’t cry, because that happens inside the pitch.
Aside from those fans with an emotional investment in the outcome, and the neutrals who just love the drama of it all, the other group with an intense interest in the outcome of this season’s Premier League title race are the sports betting fans.
Championship winning teams build their destinies onto world class players, teamwork ethic and the virtue of weather through a storm and come out unscathed, scarred and bruised perhaps but, ultimately, winning. Manchester United definitely possess all of these requirements and showed it once more today.
In years gone by the welcome awaiting the scousers would be turgid and hostile with an edge to it that only a United/Liverpool derby clash could create. Now, despite even the recent history and politics surrounding the fixture, the welcome awaiting the scousers will be tepid in comparison.
On the pitch however, Liverpool will find United in no way welcoming as they staunchly protect their 7 game unbeaten run assisting them hopefully on the way to furthering their record breaking 19th league title. If our betting prediction partner Betegy are to be believed, United have a 33% chance of putting three past the scousers in Sundays early afternoon showdown at Old Trafford.
Manchester United are reportedly favourites to sign Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha in a planned £12 million deal. However, United seem reluctant to agree any deal in January after Sir Alex Ferguson ruled out any transfers during the winter transfer window.
This means fellow suitors Arsenal, could hijack the deal for the 20-year-old and force through an agreement before the end of the season, although whether Arsenal are an attractive option remains to be seen with the club not certain of Champions League qualification this season, let alone a sustained title challenge.