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Despite being out of form for the last 12 months, the Spain international has signed a bumper new deal at Old Trafford that will see him stay for another four years.
“I am delighted that David has committed his long-term future to the club,” the Norwegian said.
“Over recent years, David has proved himself to be the best in the world and a vital part of our plans as we look to take Manchester United back to where it belongs.
“David is a fantastic person and his outstanding quality provides the perfect base to our defence.”
It’s easy to see why, despite his errors over the past year, United have chosen to keep De Gea.
On his day he’s the best of the best and, in the years since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, he’s been the one shining light.
De Gea is a throwback to the Ferguson days and Solskjaer is hoping he can be a symbol of a brighter future.
But while United have managed to stop the 28-year-old from leaving for either Juventus or Paris Saint-Germain, it may lead to two exits.
Henderson and Romero had both been backed to take the No 1 jersey should De Gea depart.
But with the Spain international now committing, it’s feasible that at least one of the duo might seek a new challenge elsewhere.
Henderson has been groomed as De Gea’s long-term replacement.
The United star was attracting interest from Premier League and European clubs in the summer and shining at Sheffield United on loan last term.
United, though, knew Henderson was worth retaining and instead shipped him out on loan.
They were also able to ensure the shot-stopper sign a new contract before doing so in order to prevent any cheap transfer away.
But Henderson may now choose to leave.
He’s always insisted he wants to play regular football, something he’s doing in Sheffield.
And by the time he returns from his loan stint at Brammal Lane, he may find himself having to go elsewhere to get what he needs.
Regarding Romero, and the United star has always been content being back-up goalkeeper.
He is likely to start many matches in the Europa League this term with De Gea being saved for domestic duties.
But the veteran can be forgiven for seeking a change of scenery.
Romero is now further away from the No 1 jersey than he was before and, ahead of the 2022 World Cup, may want to leave to boost his chances of making the competition.