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Coming into the 2018/19 season, United were hopeful that De Gea would agree to a new contract and extend his stay at the club beyond 2019. That didn’t happen.
Clutching at straws, the club triggered a one-year extension to the Spaniard’s contract which will keep him at the club until 2020.
While his contractual situation was already worrying enough, the absence of Champions League football will add further fuel to Spaniard’s transfer saga. After all, as major English newspapers have reported, De Gea might leave now that United are no longer playing in Europe’s elite competition.
The chances of this move happening are pretty slim. Not only would United be wary of letting De Gea go at this critical juncture, but it is also difficult to see which club would the 28-year-old go to which could be at par with United, as both Real Madrid and PSG have settled goalies at the helm.
During the 2018/19 season, De Gea featured in all 38 games for the club. However, while his inclusion in the starting XI was permanent, the Spaniard’s form was anything but. Whereas in 2017/18 he had 18 clean sheets to his name, the 28-year-old managed only seven last season.
Worse, his save percentage dropped to torrid levels in the recently concluded season. For, while De Gea stopped nearly 49% of all shots aimed at him in 17/18 season, he stopped only 2 of 5 – or 18% – of the shots on target last season. Hence the reason why when compared to other Premier League goalkeepers, De Gea drops to 13th when it comes to saves per game.
Upon his arrival from Arsenal on a free transfer in January 2018, Sanchez was hailed as a significant coup for the Red Devils. The player had been in fine form for the Gunners that season, and it was hoped that he would add to the attacking exploits of his new club.
Except that it hasn’t turned out that way. One-and-a-half years after his arrival, the player costing United a whopping £500,000-a-week has only three goals to his name. So woeful has been his that despite making 20 appearances in the 2018/19 Premier League, Sanchez scored just a single goal.
Though his form is also suspect, injuries are also to blame for the Chilean’s disastrous Manchester United career – hence the reason why he played a mere 880 minutes of football in the Premier League last season.
Still, with United looking miserable with him on the field, it is difficult to see Sanchez remaining at Old Trafford come next season.
In comparison to other Manchester United players, the Chilean took more shots to find the back of the net. So much so that even Andreas Pereira, the youngster from Portugal, required fewer shots per goal than the former Barcelona man.
No wonder, then, that of all the Manchester United players who went on a barren goalscoring run last season, Sanchez’s series of 14 games without a was the longest. Even Fred, who has been made a symbol of everything wrong with the club by the fan base, took fewer games to score than the Chilean.
Managing just 639 minutes of playing time in the entirety of the 2018/19 season, Eric Bailly was another one of United players whose season was devastated by injuries. His trouble with injuries could be gauged from the fact that Bailly made just four appearances under Solskjaer last season.
However, even before he was injured, it wasn’t that Bailly was setting the world alight with his performances. His performances could be gauged from the fact that Bailly was subbed-off by Mourinho after just 19-minutes as United went 2-0 down at home to Newcastle in October.
Despite his struggles at the Old Trafford, Arsenal manager Unai Emery is a huge fan of the Ivorian defender, who also sees him as a long-term replacement of Laurent Koscielny.
And with Bailly entering into the last 12-months of his contracts in June, United might look to cash in on the player this summer.
Still, if United fans think that the club could get the best out of the defender, all they need is a look at the Ivorian’s injury record. While Bailly started a respectable 12 games for the club, he was able to last the whole 90 minutes in only 10 of them.
Given this fact, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anybody that the Ivory Coast defender played fewer minutes in the Premier League last season than Marouane Fellaini, even though the Belgian had left the club midway through the season in January.
After over a year of protracted negotiations between the club and the player’s representatives, Herrera is likely to be shown the door as Manchester United are unwilling to meet his wage demands. That would mean the end of the player’s 5-year-long association with the club.
To their credit, United did all they could to keep the Spaniard on their books. But with PSG waiting in the wings for the 29-year-old – and the lure of playing in the Champions League next season also on offer, Herrera decided that it was time to move on.
It is reported that while United were willing to increase his wages from the existing £80,000-a-week, Herrera was demanding more than £200,000 a week.
The club indicated that they wouldn’t be held to ransom and gave the player the freedom to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with the French Champions.
While Manchester United fans may blame the club for not rewarding a loyal player, it can’t be ignored that Herrera’s recent form gave little reason to the United higher-ups to triple his wages. After all, the Spaniard wasn’t setting the world alight with his performances.
For instance, while his duty as a defensive midfielder was to thwart opposition attacks, the fact that Manchester United conceded more goals last season than in any other since the Premier League began is a question mark over his performances. Otherwise, had he done his job, the likes of Paul Pogba wouldn’t have committed more fouls and received more tackles than Herrera.
Like most players who played under Sir Alex Ferguson, Valencia has won his fair share of trophies. His trophy cabinet includes six significant cups, including two Premier League titles plus the 2011/12 club’s Player of the Year award.
Yet, despite everything he has given for the club, the 33-year-old is currently way past his best. His lack of utility to the current squad might be gauged from the fact that Valencia only made six appearances last season, even though United didn’t have a reliable right back at their disposal.
His performance levels dripped last season with the result that the pace which once made him a nuisance to the opposition no longer on offer.
Also, with a summer of clear-outs on the horizon at the club, it is incredibly difficult to see how the Ecuadorian’s name won’t be on the departures’ list.
After all, in a season where the form of his fellow players meant that chances were aplenty for the Venezuelan, the 33-year-old still wasn’t able to convince either Jose Mourinho or Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to give him a run-in in the team.
Had that not been the case, Valencia should have managed more than the 466 minutes of playing time that he got last season. When put into perspective, that means that Valencia managed less playing minutes than even Sanchez, even though both had spells on the sidelines.