David de Gea has been one of the world’s outstanding goalkeepers over the past 10 years.
Manchester United would have faired a lot worse without the Spaniard during the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era.
De Gea won United’s Player of the Year award in 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2017-18 - a remarkable achievement for any footballer, let alone a goalkeeper.
The 29-year-old has also been named in the PFA Team of the Year on five occasions and has won Match of the Day’s Save of the Season award the same number of times.
However, there’s no denying that De Gea’s performance levels have dipped dramatically over the past 18-24 months.
A De Gea mistake used to be a rarity, now it’s almost expected whenever he plays.
Speculation about the ‘keeper’s future at Old Trafford has been rife in recent months, with United reportedly considering replacing him as their No. 1 next season.
But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to stick with De Gea for the crunch Premier League fixture against fellow top-four hopefuls Leicester City on the final day of the campaign was an indicator that United will stick with their current first-choice goalkeeper for the time being.
De Gea has found himself trending on social media for all the wrong reasons recently, but he’s top of the trends for very different circumstances this week.
Football fans have suddenly noticed that the United star looks remarkably similar to Ross County manager Stuart Kettlewell.
After being flooded with messages, De Gea tweeted a photo of his doppelgänger alongside the flushed emoji.
His tweet has gone viral. At the time of writing, it has been retweeted more than 11,000 times and ‘liked’ by over 100,000 accounts.
Kettlewell’s side ran out 1-0 winners over Motherwell on Monday night and the Ross County boss, who is seven years older than De Gea, was asked about his resemblance to the Premier League goalkeeper after the match.
“It’s wasted on me with the whole social media thing,” Kettlewell told BBC Sport Scotland. “I think he’s maybe my doppelgänger.”
Asked by Sky Sports if he would take De Gea at Ross County, he added: “Absolutely, aye, absolutely!”
Someone needs to get these two in the same room together, just to prove they're not the same person!
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