Manchester United may need to replace goalkeeper David de Gea should Erik ten Hag want to play out from the back, talkSPORT told.
The Spanish shot-stopper has been No. 1 at Old Trafford since 2011 after he signed for a then-British record fee for a goalkeeper of £18.9million from Atletico Madrid.
But De Gea’s time at the club could soon be up should Ten Hag insist on instilling his style of play, according to former Liverpool star Danny Murphy
The 31-year-old goalkeeper came out after the game and apologised for his mistakes in his side’s 4-0 loss to Brentford on Saturday.
And Murphy believes that, ultimately, De Gea won’t be able to perform at his best this season given Ten Hag’s philosophy doesn’t suit him.
“The one thing about [Manchester] United that gets me is that if you want to play out from the back, I get it, right I get it, he [Ten Hag] wants to play football through the lines,” he said on Monday’s Game Night.
“But if you’re going to play out from the back you have to have a goalkeeper who’s capable of doing it, and he’s [De Gea] not.”
Should De Gea need to be replaced due to a new style of play, he won’t be the first keeper playing for a Manchester club to have experienced this.
Current Celtic star Joe Hart had been Manchester City’s No.1 and was two-time Premier League title winner.
However, when current boss Guardiola arrived in 2016, he was dropped, with the Spanish manager in search of a shot-stopper that was better with his feet.
The former England international was later sold to Burnley – and Murphy can foresee this happening to De Gea.
He added: “It’s a bit like Joe Hart when he left [Manchester] City, he was a brilliant keeper, he’d had success at Manchester City, but Pep [Guardiola] came in, and he knew if he was going to play how he wanted to play, Hart had to go.
“So he wants to play out this really nice good football out the back from a goalkeeper who can’t do it.”
The former pro then went on to explain that Ten Hag is also choosing to play others United stars out of their natural position, namely summer signing Christian Eriksen.
The Danish midfielder is currently being deployed as a holding midfielder under the United boss, despite him always previously being an attacking midfielder.
But besides putting Ten Hag putting square pegs in round holes, Murphy believes it’s ultimately the calibre of the squad that is the problem for the Red Devils.
“The main thing is of course, that the quality he is isn’t there,” he said.
“You can tweak and you can move people into different positions, ultimately that squad isn’t going to compete with Chelsea, City and Liverpool.”
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