GARY Neville has cast doubt over David De Gea’s Manchester United future after revealing a ‘big decision is coming soon’.
SunSport exclusively revealed last month that United plan to let either the Spaniard or Dean Henderson leave in the summer.
De Gea has been a shadow of his former self this season and could be on his way outCredit: Reuters
De Gea, 30, missed last night’s drab 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace for ‘personal reasons’, with Henderson stepping in.
It was the £120,000-a-week keeper’s first clean sheet in what was only his fourth Premier League appearance since being recalled from Sheffield United.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer thanked Henderson after the game for getting him ‘one point, not zero’.
When pressed on De Gea’s absence, the United boss would only say: “That’s a private matter. [His return] will take the time it takes.”
Neville also chose his words carefully when asked on Twitter before the game if ‘time is over for De Gea in a United shirt?’.
Creating more questions than answers, the former Red Devils skipper simply replied: “A big decision is coming soon.”
De Gea has repeatedly come under fire for his performances this season.
Paul Scholes claimed he was ‘losing his presence’ after mistakes leading to two goals in the 3-3 draw at Everton in February.
Henderson was praised for earning United a point in the 0-0 draw at PalaceCredit: EPA
Gary Neville appeared to cast doubt over David De Gea’s United futureCredit: PA:Press Association
And Graeme Souness said it was only a ‘matter of time’ before the £375,000-a-week top earner was replaced by Henderson.
Despite De Gea’s poor form he has played more than twice as many games as the England hopeful this season – 29 compared to 14 – suggesting he would be the one to stay at the end of the season.
Henderson, 23, is said to be frustrated at his lack of game time, with Spurs and Borussia Dortmund reportedly leading the chase for the £30million-rated stopper.
However, he may keep the gloves for Sunday’s trip to Man City with De Gea still a major doubt.