Man United legend Rio Ferdinand has insisted that the club shouldn’t be considering selling David De Gea to Real Madrid.
De Gea was left out of the United squad for their opening-day win over Tottenham at Old Trafford on Saturday, with Louis Van Gaal suggesting that the Spaniard wasn’t fully focused.
That lack of focus is due to speculation regarding a move to Real Madrid this summer, and it is still possible that the shot-stopper will make the move before the window closes.
However, Ferdinand is disappointed by the suggestion that United could sell De Gea, as he believes that he is a key part of their chances of becoming genuine title contenders again.
“If Manchester United lose David De Gea they can forget about a title challenge,” he wrote in his column for The Sun.
“A club like United cannot allow a keeper of De Gea’s stature to leave because the transfer fee they receive from Real Madrid will not make up for missing out on major trophies.”
It remains to be seen if De Gea seals his move back to Spain before the end of the month, with Sergio Romero stepping in on Saturday to keep a clean sheet against Spurs.
While the Argentinian is a favourite with Van Gaal after their time together at AZ Alkmaar, there is no denying that the loss of De Gea would be a huge loss for the Red Devils.