Ex-Man Utd player hits out at Erik ten Hag’s side over ‘cut-throat’ summer departure – ‘disappointing’

Lewis Oldham
Man Utd transfer
Harry Maguire and David De Gea in despair.

Former Premier League goalkeeper Ben Foster has admitted that he “really didn’t like” how Man Utd handled the departure of David De Gea.

De Gea entered the final year of his contract at the start of the 2022/23 campaign.

Man Utd were initially keen for him to sign a new deal but they wanted him to accept a pay cut in the process.

The Spain international was insistent throughout the season that his preference would be to remain at Old Trafford, but he has ended up moving on.

A couple of weeks ago, it was revealed that De Gea signed a new deal only for United to back out and offer a new proposal with an even lower salary. 

This led to the goalkeeper and Man Utd ending their discussions, with it now being reported that he is in talks over a move to the Saudi Pro League. 

Former United shot-stopper Foster has now explained why he “didn’t like the manner in Whcih De Gea left”.

“I didn’t like the manner in which David de Gea left, I really didn’t,” Foster told Caught Offside. “Considering what David has done for Manchester United over the years he deserved more respect. Football is cut-throat.

“Sometimes you get players who will angle for more money or a bigger contract. And then the fans pile in and give them dog’s abuse.

“But with De Gea, he’s given Manchester United over ten years of service and has won the Player of the Year multiple times. He’s been incredible and the way they dealt with his exit was disappointing.”

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Inter Milan’s Andre Onana is set to replace De Gea. Foster is a fan of the Cameroon international but he has warned him that the Premier League is a “different kettle of fish”.

“Onana is a good keeper and very athletic. But playing in the Premier League is a different kettle of fish,” Foster added.

“It takes a big goalie and personality to play in the Premier League and to turn out for Manchester United. And that was De Gea.”

He continued: “The reality is Manchester United need a top four finish. And if they could have got Harry Kane they would have been cooking. I still think they need to put the ball in the back of the net.

“That’s going to be their main priority before the season starts, and yet instead they went and spent around £40 million on a goalkeeper when they had a really good one already at the club, which is why I say we have to wait and see whether the transfer pays off.”

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