Share Comments By Richard Fay 06:00, 12 JUN 2019 Sport opinion Ole Gunnar Solskjaer leaves the pitch with David De Gea. Get the biggest Manchester United FC stories by email Subscribe See our privacy notice More newsletters Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email Manchester United's job isn't getting any easier in the summer transfer window.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer already knew he needed a new centre-back, versatile full-back, central midfielder and right winger. However, he might have another problem position to solve in the coming weeks.
Amongst all the other ongoing transfer talks it is the suggestion of Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak moving to Old Trafford which has really captivated supporters.
With David de Gea yet to sign a new long-term contract at the club, United are faced with a peculiar dilemma. Do they cash in on their Spanish shot-stopper this year, or risk losing him for nothing in twelve months time?
There is a fair case for either side of the argument.
On one hand there is a compelling point to sell De Gea and look to either invest the money in Oblak or give Sergio Romero and Dean Henderson the chance to battle for the No.1 jersey over the summer. The 28-year-old has been an excellent servant to United since his move from Spain in 2011 but his awful form towards the end of the season can not be ignored.
Read More Aaron Wan-Bissaka has handed Manchester United a transfer dilemma However, De Gea still remains one of the top in his trade and would still warrant a mouthwatering price-tag should he leave in the coming months. The temptation is to suggest any fee received would be utilised on signing his replacement, but perhaps they would be better off selling him and using any funds to spend elsewhere on the pitch while giving one of their current options a chance.
And having to sign a new goalkeeper this summer would only add to the overcrowded to-do list which currently resides on Solskjaer's table. The Norwegian has a number of key issues which need to be solved, and recruiting a keeper isn't an enviable task in such a competitive market.
It is most likely De Gea will stay at United beyond the summer, but until he makes a clear statement on his future the manager has every right to question his suitability to the starting role. Solskjaer stood by the Spaniard through thick and thin last season but now the duty is on the player to show his club the same level of respect by telling them clearly where his future lies.
Read More Why Sky Sports and BT Sport won't show live Manchester United or Man City games on Boxing Day Perhaps the biggest concern for De Gea is he is no longer the untouchable figure he used to be at the club. No longer is he the default choice for any player of the year award, nor is he the same colossus within the stature of the Premier League.
The Madrid-born keeper turns 29 in November, and although he has plenty of years ahead of him in senior football his trophy haul still remains rather lacking for someone so highly regarded in the sport.
De Gea can not be blamed for being tempted to make a move to Paris Saint-Germain, after all there is a healthy wage and Champions League football, but many would see it as a bit of a step backwards for one of the modern greats.
Yet, maybe the real issue comes down to player power again and the fact it is not Solskjaer who holds the cards when it comes to deciding De Gea's long-term future.
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