Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s David de Gea prediction could come back to haunt Manchester United – Isaac Johnson

He has returned to Manchester on occasion as he plots his next move. Links Real Betis in Spain have cropped up in the months since his Old Trafford exit but Nick Popes five-month lay-off has maybe opened a door for De Gea in the Premier League.

He kept a clean sheet against Newcastle in Uniteds League Cup final triumph in February and was also in goal during the subsequent 2-0 league defeat at St James Park. Reports suggest Eddie Howe wishes to make that house his home and the player is said to be interested.

With Pope out, it leaves former United loanee Martin Dubravka and Loris Karius to choose from. With the Magpies vying for a Champions League knockout spot and pushing for a top four spot, Howe may look to bring in more experience.

De Gea is an open goal in many ways. A Premier League title winner, the Spaniard has chalked up 55 Champions League games across his career and would cost nothing to bring in.

He was willing to lower his wages when negotiating a failed renewal at United so salary demands may be less of an issue too. After all, he is still out of work. De Gea had a mixed final few years at United. He had a rocky 2020/21 season and briefly lost his place to Dean Henderson before regaining it.

He was then one of only a few players to come out of the dismal 2021/22 campaign with any credit before a series of errors under Erik ten Hag last season saw him replaced by Andre Onana, who has perhaps made more already.

Amid the Covid-hit 2019/20 season, the first murmurs that De Geas time at United could be heading to its end emerged amid an unstable spell. However, then-United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made a claim about the keeper, who was 29 at the time.

“He has come out and said that he wants to play many, many more maybe 10 more years, he predicted. How long he will be able to stay at the top is just up to him because its a pleasure to watch him being humble enough to work hard.”

Three years on and De Gea may not yet be done at the top level. Another six years seems unlikely but a move to Newcastle would indicate that he is not thinking about winding down any time soon.