Sky Sports pundit Alan McInally has labelled the transfer debacle involving Manchester United keeper David de Gea as a “complete and utter joke”.
De Gea had looked to be close to a move to Real Madrid late on Monday night but the transfer fell through as the necessary paperwork wasn’t submitted on time.
The Spaniard is now in limbo as it is unclear whether or not he will have to spend another year at Man United.
McInally was appalled by the situation as it puts De Gea in an “unbelievably difficult position”.
“What a joke this is. De Gea has been put in an unbelievably difficult position. Every time he touches the ball, when (Louis) Van Gaal decides to play him, are they (fans) going to boo him? It’s absolutely unbelievable, this is one of the biggest transfers of Deadline Day,” McInally said.
“I thought Manchester United were a team looking for the No 1 goalkeeper in the world and thought they had one. I think De Gea has decided a few years ago when they offered him a new contract, and they still weren’t sure whether he was going to be that top goalkeeper. But he’s decided with a year to go: ‘No, you didn’t back me two years ago and I’ve turned out okay.’
“He is certainly better than he was for sure, a lot of mistakes have been eradicated, he’s making some good saves that played a big part in United getting into the top four. But he’s now said he wants to go and that’s why the manager hasn’t played him.
“Now the situation comes where his transfer to one of the biggest clubs in the world has fallen through. It’s a complete and utter joke, I just don’t get it.”
While it was humorous to see Madrid not getting their way for once, McInally is right in saying the deal has been handled terribly.
For two of the world’s biggest clubs to not complete the move due to an administrative error is farcical and one that has widespread implications in football terms. De Gea’s future remains very much in the air and it remains to be seen if he will be accepted back at Old Trafford if the transfer does fall through.