Manchester United have come under renewed pressure to part company with manager Louis van Gaal this summer, this time from goalkeeper David de Gea.
The Guardian report the Spaniard is “giving new thought to his future… because of his deteriorating relationship with the [United] manager… Van Gaal”.
Having previously been expected to extend his existing deal with the club, tying him down until 2021, De Gea is now understood to be “waiting to see whether United make a managerial change in the summer before committing his future”.
The three-time reigning Reds player of the year is not alone among world level talents who would be much keener on committing their futures to the club were the Iron Tulip not to survive the summer’s pruning at Old Trafford.
Soon-to-be free agent Zlatan Ibrahimovic is another for whom inking a deal with United is contingent upon the Dutchman’s departure.
Ibrahimovic made his lack of respect for Van Gaal when the pair crossed paths at Ajax abundantly clear in his autobiography ‘I Am Zlatan’.
Back in April, the Sun reported Ibrahimovic to be keen to join the Reds, but only in the event that the current manager leaves.
Pandering to the pair would set a dangerous player power precedent at the club, but that’s not the sole reason removing the Dutchman at their behest is a spurious move for the Reds.
De Gea came within a bout of clerical tardiness of pushing through a move to Real Madrid last summer and the chances of him seeing out even his current deal, which expires in 2019, have to be extremely slim.
Zlatan, meanwhile is already 34 and unlikely to be in the vanguard of a bright new Old Trafford future for more than a year.