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David de Gea is a Man Utd legend but it's time to say goodbye - the Sevilla debacle should be the final straw for Erik ten Hag

What do Manchester United do with a problem like David de Gea? The Spaniard is the club's most loyal player and their most consistent performer over the past decade. He has clawed the team out of numerous tricky situations and been named Player of the Year a joint-record four times.

He has made a remarkable transformation since arriving in Manchester aged 20 sporting a quiff and looking visibly frightened of Rory Delap's long throws and the rough treatment he would receive from crosses.

He bulked up and grew up into one of the team's leaders, a role model to younger players and a great ambassador for the club.

In a troubled decade since Sir Alex Ferguson's departure, De Gea's jaw-dropping saves with his feet and hands have been the one thing the club could always rely on. So often, the heavy metal fan from Madrid has been United's shelter from the storm.

But United cannot and should not ignore the elephant in the room.

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