Manchester United Transfer News: Red Devils Would Be Foolish to Sell De Gea

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 10, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28:  David De Gea of Manchester United makes a save during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 28, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Sir Alex Ferguson would be making a huge mistake by selling David de Gea.

The Manchester United goalkeeper has had a bit of a rough time since making the move to Old Trafford. It was just two summers ago that de Gea was purchased for £17 million.

According to Alan Nixon of the Daily Mirror, Ferguson is looking to cut ties this January and bring in a veteran goalkeeper.

This would be the wrong move for the club to make.

It's almost as if the Red Devils expected a 20-year-old adjusting to a new league and team to be the finished product.

If anything, United moved for him at the wrong time. De Gea wasn't really ready mentally or physically to leave Atletico Madrid for the Premier League.

Unfortunately, United dangled so much money in front of the Colchoneros that the deal was too good to pass up and de Gea was essentially forced out.

De Gea has struggled in England, but that's to be expected.

Looking at the past couple of seasons, he has been steadily improving. De Gea won't be the most physically imposing keeper, but he's been finding the best way to deal with how rough the Premier League can be.

He's made some fantastic saves, especially on Juan Mata's free kick in the Chelsea match last season, that have illustrated his talent. They're also signs of the player he can become if given time and patience.

In addition, probably the biggest thing going against de Gea has been the shakiness at times in the Red Devils' back four.

Edwin van der Sar, the previous goalkeeper, had the privilege to play with Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand when the defenders were in their primes. Those two were arguably the best centre-back combo in the world.

Sure, they're still with United. But whether through injury or simply old age, Vidic and Ferdinand have fallen off a bit. They haven't often both been fit at the same time, meaning United must play Jonny Evans in the defense.

When de Gea is able to get a stable back four in front of him, he'll look even better.

De Gea is one of the most promising young keepers in the world, and United would be doing itself a disservice by letting him go.