Manchester United yet to initiate contract talks with David De Gea


And they doubled their lead three minutes into the second half after a quick free-kick from Jeffrey Schlupp to Patrick van Aanholt caught the United defence napping and the left back fired past David de Gea. Since signing new terms in September 2015, De Gea's salary has fallen significantly behind that of top earners Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho, according to reports, have indicated that if Madrid were to offer attacking playmakers Marco Asensio or Isco or central midfielder Toni Kroos within a deal then they would allow De Gea to leave Old Trafford.

While the new deal's figures may seem extortionate, the 27-year-old is one of a select few players who would be worth that kind of outlay.

United supporters will feel they should have won more silverware with a goalkeeper like De Gea-and definitely added to the one Premier League medal the Spaniard has in his collection.

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De Gea has previously been strongly linked with Real Madrid, but the Spanish stopper has seemingly become increasingly settled in the North-West of England over the past 12 months. He then signed a new contract at Old Trafford which included a €60million exit clause in Madrid's favour applicable exclusively in June 2016. "The option, it's obvious that we're not going to let the option disappear", said Mourinho recently.

"A goalkeeper like he is, and obviously a club that wants to be better and better and better, we are not going to let that year option go away". Mr Woodward is not on holiday.

Andros Townsend had given them hope with an 11th-minute strike from Christian Benteke's pass just outside the area that took a deflection into the net. I just say what is obvious.