Former Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor insists David de Gea “doesn’t deserve” a one-year extension to his current £300,000-a-week Manchester United contract.
The Red Devils are said to be weighing up whether to trigger the Spain international’s one-year option, with his current deal expiring at the end of the current campaign.
The 31-year-old, who joined United in 2011, reportedly earns £300,000-a-week, which works out at £15.6million a year.
De Gea has started all eight of United’s games so far this season, keeping just three clean sheets. But there have been rumours of the Red Devils starting to look at his long-term replacement.
The Daily Telegraph claimed that Everton’s Jordan Pickford was on their radar, if De Gea moves on.
And Agbonlahor believes it’s time for United to cut and run and look for a new No.1, who has been linked with a switch to Juventus.
He told Football Insider, when asked about the stopper penning a new deal: “I don’t think he deserves that contract.
“I would move on, to be honest. He’ll have a few good games but he’ll make errors.
“The wages they’re talking about, £300,000-a-week, he doesn’t deserve that.
“I would move on and look at a younger option instead.”
Door could open for Henderson
That younger option could end up being close to home in the form of Dean Henderson.
The England keeper is currently on loan at Nottingham Forest for the season but is expected to return.
United signed Martin Dubravka from Newcastle in a temporary deal to provide cover for Henderson. However, he is expected to return to St James’ Park next summer.
As for De Gea, the Spaniard has made almost 500 appearances for the Red Devils, winning multiple trophies in that time.
The former Atletico Madrid man is expected to be back in action for United this weekend after the international break.
Erik ten Hag’s men have the small matter of a Manchester derby to look to at The Etihad on Sunday.
Victory over City will see United move to within two points of their bitter rivals. That would be some achievement given how they started the season with back-to-back losses to Brighton and Brentford.