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Ben Thornley: De Gea Man Utd sale?; Gomes should follow my path; Trust Rio on Bellingham

I can understand what a predicament Angel Gomes is in. It was exactly the same sort of thing that I found myself in at Manchester United

Angel, who I've watched many times over the years commentating for MUTV, knows United will likely improve their squad this summer. His game-time has been fairly limited and I think, like Tahith Chong, if he was prepared to stay at the club, then maybe he needs to go out on loan.

Now with the age that he is and the talented player that he is, his services may be better served going somewhere else altogether, because even after he has a loan spell come to an end, whether it be six months or 12 months, there is no guarantee that he is going to be considered for a regular place in Manchester United's first-team, and that is probably more of a decision for Angel to make than Tahith Chong, who has signed a five-year deal.

Angel's probably thinking to himself, I'm in my early 20's now, I need to think about which path my career wants to go down, as difficult and as much of a wrench it ever would be to leave Manchester United.

It is a decision that I had to make. I was a little bit older when I did it, I was 23, albeit having had a career threatening injury, but I knew at 23 that I wasn't going to be a regular member of Manchester United's first-team and I wanted to go in search of first-team football and that might be the path that Angel might have to go down.

But again, it is difficult when you have to make a decision to leave a club like Manchester United, but for the benefit of his own career I think it might be something that he needs to consider a little bit more strongly than Tahith Chong.


This has been something that has been left at the forefront because some of the mistakes that David De Gea has made this season have been highlighted, and also have been compounded by the fact that Dean Henderson has been absolutely tremendous for a Sheffield United team that have surprised everybody. I think Chris Wilder, who was my manager at Halifax, has done an outstanding job, and with Henderson between the sticks, it has helped them immensely.

There has been talk of De Gea returning to his native Spain for the last couple of seasons, but when you think about what sort of goalkeeper he has been for Manchester United, winning the player of the year award four of the last five years - you would love it to be a striker who has scored 20, 25 goals, but unfortunately that hasn't happened! - he has been nothing short of amazing.

De Gea is certainly up there with Edwin van der Sar and Peter Schmeichel in terms of points he has saved for United over the years. With that in mind I think it would be extremely hasty to say he's made a couple of mistakes and Dean Henderson's been brilliant so we're going to bring him back in.

Along the lines of Tahith Chong and Angel Gomes, Henderson might be thinking Sheffield United are certainly going to establish themselves in the Premier League for another season, I know I'm going to play, do I want to go back to United and perhaps be second fiddle to David De Gea?

And let's not forget Sergio Romero in all this by the way. He's one of the best signings Man Utd have made in the last few years in terms of what he's given us in clean sheets to games played ratio, it's been exceptional.

If De Gea were to keep his number one spot, I'm pretty sure that if Dean Henderson came back then Sergio Romero would unnecessarily and unfairly would be pushed out to be the number three and that for me would not be a good move.


When I think that Jude Bellingham is 16 and my son has just turned 16, I can't help but laugh when I draw the comparison, with him having a £30m price-tag, that is a hell of a lot of money to be put on your shoulders.

I'm not going to go against somebody of the expertise of Rio Ferdinand, when he says that £30m is worth it. And let's be honest, £30m for somebody who has got exceptional talent is a ballpark figure that you would have to pay in this day and age of football.

And what if he does turn out to be another Wayne Rooney? Everyone knows what he was like at 16, and going to Manchester United there's absolutely no better place to be.

We have to remember that doing it at Birmingham City and doing it at Manchester United are two different things. But it's obvious he has got something special, especially at a club who is not challenging for promotion, and he's still standing out as a player who will likely earn a move away from the Championship. And when Manchester United come calling, it's very difficult to ignore.

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