By Alex McLeish

15th Sep, 2022 | 1:43pm

Man United backed over David de Gea decision amid transfer 'database' claim - pundit

Alex McLeish has claimed Man United will have “a database” full of goalkeepers capable of replacing David de Gea at Old Trafford.

However, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Rangers and Aston Villa manager insisted the 31-year-old is not close to relinquishing his duties at the Red Devils’ number one.

De Gea has entered the final 12 months of his contract at Old Trafford, although there is the option to extend the deal by a further year.

According to the Manchester Evening News‘ Samuel Luckhurst (12 September), the club intend to trigger the extension clause in the goalkeeper’s agreement.

It is reported that Diogo Dalot, Luke Shaw, Fred and Marcus Rashford will also have their contracts extended by 12 months.

When asked by Football Insider if United would be right to extend De Gea’s deal and keep him as number one, McLeish said: “I think they will continue to be looking.

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“If you are a club that is worth your salt, you will already have a book of names. I’m sure they will be registered on their database as they should be.

“They will be waiting there for a time when they can no longer rely on David de Gea.

“De Gea is a great goalkeeper. He knows his way around the box extremely well. He makes saves that other goalies do not make. It is about nouse, which he has.

“He is not ready for the scrapyard yet though. He is only 31 so he has at least two or three years to go.

“An international goalkeeper can save you up to 15 points a season playing domestically. The world-class goalkeeper’s can save you 20-plus.”

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