Rio Ferdinand on David de Gea's departure: I think they’ll miss him

"They brought in a goalkeeper whose one of his best attributes is his footballing ability"

by Sead Dedovic
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Rio Ferdinand on David de Gea's departure: I think they’ll miss him

David de Gea was the man with the longest tenure at Manchester United. Manchester United fans cannot forget all those great saves by the Spanish goalkeeper. However, Erik ten Hag decided that he no longer needed De Gea, considering that he needed a goalkeeper who knows how to play with his feet.

The choice fell on Andre Onana, with whom the Dutchman had previously collaborated. Rio Ferdinand, the former defender of Manchester United, commented on David de Gea's departure from the club. It seems that the Englishman understands the decision of the manager of Manchester United.

“I think they’ll miss him. He’s arguably the best shot-stopper around, won the Golden Glove last year. So, I don’t think in any other era would the keeper that won the Golden Glove be relieved of his duties at a football club.
But the way that the game’s going now, in wanting the goalkeeper to be attached to the 10 outfield players and be a footballer now, that’s why we’re in that situation.
They brought in a goalkeeper whose one of his best attributes is his footballing ability, the ability to play over various distances, comfortable on the ball, wants to be a part of the footballing side of the team, and that's a huge part of what Erik ten Hag wants from his goalkeeper, so I understand that decision
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”- he said, as quoted by eurosport.com

Rio Ferdinand and David de Gea

Rio Ferdinand made a comparison between the former goalkeepers of Manchester United and David de Gea. He did not forget to comment on Erik ten Hag's decision to give the captain's armband to Bruno Fernandes.

“In recent times it goes Peter Schmeichel and Edwin van der Sar as the standouts, and I think he sits just below that. I don’t think it’s a difficult decision, who else are they going to pick? Whose output has been as great as his? All the good things at United he’s been a part of, and he’s one of the players who is always going to start a game, so I don’t think it’s a surprise”.

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