Jesse Lingard urges David de Gea to stay at Manchester United
Making 11 saves against Tottenham on Sunday and putting in a performance that has stolen this weekend’s headlines, many around Old Trafford are desperate to see David de Gea extend his stay at Manchester United.
One man, in particular, who is urging the 28-year-old to sign a new deal with the Reds is teammate Jesse Lingard.
The 22-cap England international discussed De Gea’s masterclass after their victory in the capital, describing the Spaniard’s performance as just “a normal day”.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 14, 2019
Lingard urges De Gea to extend his stay
With United now sat level on points with Arsenal and chasing down a six-point deficit in the race for Champions League football, there is no doubt that De Gea is an integral part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plan.
Almost single handily securing three points for United at Wembley, De Gea’s 11 saves were the most made in a top-five European league game while also keeping a clean sheet.
With the debate reopened as to whether De Gea is the best shot-stopper in Europe, Lingard also expressed his desire for the Spanish #1 to extend his stay at Old Trafford.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the Manchester United forward described the crucial role De Gea has in the Reds’ camp.
“He’s one of the best keepers in the world, if not the best, we want him to stay. Having a keeper like that gives you extra confidence. He’s a great goalkeeper.”
De Gea has entered the final 18-months of his contract, with United having to trigger a one-year option after failing to reach agreement on a new deal.
The Solskjaer party continues
Now winning all six of his games in charge and equaling Sir Matt Busby’s all-time record of winning his first five league games, few would have expected the immediate impact Solskjaer is having.
Speaking after Sunday’s victory, the 45-year-old was filled with praise for his sides’ performance and also lauded the display of De Gea.
“In the first half we were excellent and in the second they put us under pressure. We could have scored a few as well but we had a good back four and David [de Gea] was unbelievable.
“We created enough chances to put the game away by the break, but if you don’t score you will be under pressure. We defended fantastically.”
Along with De Gea’s stellar display against Spurs on Sunday, the recent resurge of Paul Pogba has played a vital part in Solskjaer’s start.
Picking up the assist for Marcus Rashford’s second-half winner, the Frenchman now has four goals and four assists since the Norweigan boss took over.
The 25-year-old has now been directly involved in 53% of their goals since the United legend was appointed last month.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 13, 2019
Next up for Solskjaer’s high flyers, United will host Brighton at Old Trafford before a mouthwatering clash with Arsenal in the FA Cup fourth round.
While Mourinho may have written off United’s chance of securing a top-four finish back in November, could Solskjaer lead the Reds to a Champions League return?
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