MANCHESTER UNITED stopper David de Gea will stay at Old Trafford because Chelsea sold Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid this summer.
That is the opinion of former England striker and ESPN FC pundit Paul Marriner.
Regularly regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world, de Gea has been linked with a move away from United in recent years.
He came close to joining Los Blancos back in 2015, but a faulty fax machine saw the deal fall through at the final hurdle.
And this summer the La Liga giants seemed to end their interest all together in the Spain international after splashing £32m on Belgian keeper Courtois.
“Everybody else seems to be fairly well set with their keepers”
However, the 26-year-old has been reduced to the bench with Keylor Navas maintaining the No. 1 spot so far this season.
As such, former Arsenal man Marriner reckons de Gea is set to stay in Manchester with most top sides around Europe “set with their keepers”.
Marriner said: “For me, if he was ever going to leave, it would be the last summer gone.
“I just don’t understand this.
“Courtois is at Real Madrid sitting on his backside.
“Everybody else seems to be fairly well set with their keepers.
“I just can’t see it, I just cannot see this. I say it’s a miss.”
Coming in, United have been linked with AC Milan captain Alessio Romagnoli.
The Italian defender is one of the Serie A’s highest rated talents.
And Marriner believes the 23-year-old would be a good signing at Old Trafford, if United were to sign a defensive partner to go alongside him.
He said of Romagnoli: “I like him, I like him a lot. But the problem is, when you have a player like Romagnoli going into United, who’s he going to play with?
“He needs somebody alongside him to solidify that defence. That’s what Manchester United have not got.”