David De Gea could expose brutal Manchester United and Andre Onana transfer truth

Avenging their defeat in last season&aposs Carabao Cup final – when Erik ten Hag and his players took home the trophy – the Magpies dumped United out in the same competition at the third-round stage in November. They were equally dominant in their Premier League meeting on Saturday night.

United are – to coin an American phrase – 0 for 2 against Newcastle. But could their top-four rivals be about to rub further salt into their wounds via the transfer market?

David De Gea remains a free agent after departing United this summer. He was unceremoniously dumped by Ten Hag after 12 years at Old Trafford and that decision has been a hot-topic ever since.

At the time, there was a general consensus that United needed an upgrade between the posts. Ten Hag certainly thought so – spending 47million on his replacement Andre Onana – and he was not alone.

“You have to have a world-class goalkeeper and United need to make that change now,” said former captain Gary Neville about De Gea on The Overlap show this summer. Ten Hag was, clearly, not the only man to see it that way!

“Being Manchester United goalkeeper is the hardest position in English football,” he added. “It brings the most scrutiny. I had two great keepers in Peter Schmeichel and Edwin van der Sar but, between that, we lost four titles out of five.”

Onana has been hit and miss so far with his performances. There is no doubt his style is better suited to a Ten Hag system, but the Cameroon international has also made high-profile mistakes.

His errors against Galatasaray, among others, might prove costly for Champions League progression hopes. But will De Gea – earmarked as a potential option for Newcastle to cover an injury for Nick Pope – come back to haunt them further domestically?

The Spaniard, 33, can sign for a club at any time as a free agent and has been linked with the Magpies. While it prove to be nothing more than speculation, it has been more than enough to get one or two supporters fretting on social media.