In some respects, David De Gea’s performance for Manchester United on Sunday was a microcosm of his Old Trafford career so far. In the 1-1 draw with Spurs, De Gea pulled off a string of top-class stops to keep a rampant Tottenham side at bay. The Spanish international is considered by many to be one of, if not the best, out-and-out shot stopper in the Premier League. Clint Dempsey will certainly testify to that, as he was off celebrating before De Gea miraculously turned his left-footed effort wide early in the second half.
But the young goalkeeper, not for the first time it has to be said, proved to be as fragile and fantastic in equal measures. Alex Ferguson has always demanded that his goalkeepers offer an authoritative presence, an area in which De Gea has sometimes struggled. The goalkeepers weak punch in stoppage time fell short, straight at the feet of Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon, who turned the ball to American international Dempsey to slot home. Two points were dropped for United, and ultimately some of the blame has to lie with De Gea.
This latest error has only stoked the rumours that have surfaced in the past week or so that De Gea might be on his way out of Old Trafford. The reasons for which is dependent on your newspaper of choice.
There are reports that Sir Alex Ferguson has finally lost patience with his young goalkeeper and will listen to offers for him. Whereas the Daily Mail claims that De Gea is the man that Barcelona have cited to replace the departing Victor Valdes, who will not be renewing his contract at Barcelona in 2014.
It begs the question: Who would Ferguson look to if he was to move De Gea just 18 months after splashing out £17m on him? I’ll take a look at some of the possible contenders...