Manchester United head coach Erik ten Hag has, late on Thursday, responded to questions surrounding David de Gea’s long-term future with the club.
The name of shot-stopper De Gea, of course, has taken its place front and centre in the headlines this evening.
This comes after the Spanish international endured an outing to forget, in the 2nd leg of United’s Europa League quarter-final showdown with Sevilla.
At least partially to blame for the hosts’ opener, and completely at fault for their result-clinching third in Andalusia, De Gea has been heavily targeted by the Red Devils faithful, amid fresh calls for him to make way for a new no.1 in the summer.
Speaking to the media post-match, it therefore came as little surprise when the subject of his first-choice goalkeeper’s future was put to the aforementioned Erik ten Hag.
Drawn on whether or not De Gea possesses the correct traits to continue between the posts at Old Trafford over the years to come, United’s headmaster jumped to the defence of the Spaniard, explaining:
“David de Gea as long-term goalkeeper? He is the one with the most clean sheets in the Premier League.
“That number shows he’s a very capable goalkeeper.”