In the 2022-23 season, De Gea made other serious mistakes against Brentford, West Ham and Sevilla. It is also reported that De Gea has not yet accepted United’s offer of a new contract, prompting the club to show interest in Porto goalkeeper Diogo Costa.
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The Portuguese has already been linked with Newcastle United and Chelsea. If United manage to acquire Costa, De Gea’s status as a first-choice goalkeeper will be highly questionable.
Although the Spaniard won the Golden Glove award for the 2022-23 Premier League season, Eric ten Hague prefers a goalkeeper who can play at the back. Speaking after the FA Cup final, ten Hague said: At the moment I don’t want to talk about such questions of criticism because we all had a great season – including David de Gea. He had a fantastic season.
Asked about de Gea’s weakness in distributing the ball, the Dutchman said: Let’s just say we’re in the right direction. But there are cases in the game, there are problems in the game that we have to improve, definitely if we want to take the next step and win trophies.
Sharing his opinion on Gundogan’s double, he said: There were two moments here, there were dead balls, one at the beginning of the game and one from a wide free kick. They can’t be goals. We have to be better organized there. As a team, we didn’t do the job we were supposed to do. And if you want to win trophies, the details in big games matter, and that’s hard to accept, but we have to do it.