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Man United sent clear David de Gea message after Bournemouth victory

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Former Manchester United defender John O’Shea has suggested that the Reds would find it difficult to replace first-choice goalkeeper David de Gea. The Spanish shot-stopper impressed in the 3-0 win over relegation-threatened Bournemouth on Tuesday night, with the 32-year-old making four saves against the Cherries. He made two smart stops to deny Philip Billing and Jaidon Anthony during the clash. De Gea, who is out of contract at Old Trafford at the end of the current season, made his 510th appearance for United against Gary O’Neil’s side – moving him level with the late Joe Spence. He is expected to rise into 10th position outright on Friday night when the Reds host Everton in the FA Cup third round. ALSO READ: Lindelof pinpoints area United can improve after Bournemouth win The goalkeeper is keen to remain with the club following the conclusion of this term and former United defender John O’Shea has warned that it will be difficult to replace the Spaniard. “Incredible, the problem is going to be replacing him,” he said during MUTV’s post-match coverage. “You don’t want to think about it. I know negotiations are ongoing. It’s going to be big shoes to fill. “Enjoy him while we can. He’s playing so well. You saw it in the second half, incredible the way he gets that left hand out a few times. Fantastic saves.” Erik ten Hag also lauded De Gea after he kept his eighth clean sheet of the Premier League season, with the shot-stopper now three shy of equalling Peter Schmeichel’s United clean sheet record of 180. “He performed really well and today he had some brilliant saves,” Ten Hag said. “And I think one of the reasons we have so many clean sheets is David de Gea. I think over a couple of games [he made] more great saves, I remember against West Ham, his great save just before full-time. “In general we don’t concede so many chances but today we had some clear chances against us in the second-half.” The Reds have not conceded a home Premier League goal since the 3-1 defeat of Arsenal in September – keeping clean sheets against Newcastle, Tottenham, West Ham, Nottingham Forest and Bournemouth. READ NEXT: All the latest Man United news, views and gossip Martinez gives United a possible sign of things to come Ten Hag gives verdict on title chances after Bournemouth win Manchester United issue Anthony Martial injury update Shaw tells Ten Hag what he thinks of recent positional change Story SavedYou can find this story in  My Bookmarks.Or by navigating to the user icon in the top right.

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