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Manchester United fires back on De Gea saga, laying blame at feet of Real Madrid

Alexander Buttner, Gareth Bale

Manchester United defender Alexander Buttner, left, protects the ball from Real Madrid midfielder Gareth Bale during a Guinness International Champions Cup soccer match at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. Manchester United won 3-1. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)


Manchester United is not pleased with how Real Madrid is spinning the failed David De Gea and Keylor Navas swap deal, and has taken to its site to set the record straight.

United claims a number of differences from Real’s bullet-pointed statement, and fires back a round of its own facts.

First, United says Real Madrid approached the British club, not vice versa as claimed by the La Liga side. The Red Devils also say that this was the first time they received an offer for the Spanish goalkeeper.

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While both clubs agree that the agreement was made, one of the key times in question comes around 10:40 p.m. in England, as Real says some minor changes came through and they immediately granted them, while United says the changes were substantial, came from Madrid, and put the entire move in jeopardy.

United also claims that it uploaded De Gea’s documentation an hour before the deadline, while Real Madrid claim it received it two minutes after the deadline (but still filed anyway). The Red Devils say they have proof and backing from England,
via this bullet point:

• The fact that Manchester United filed the papers on time was acknowledged by the Football Association, who offered to support that claim in any discussions with FIFA. The club offered this assistance, as well as its own timestamped documents to Real Madrid but they have chosen not to go down this route.

Manchester United acts appropriately and efficiently in its transfer dealings. The club is delighted that its fan-favourite double Player of the Year, David de Gea, remains a Manchester United player.

Three things here:

  • The fact that world football won’t just let this move happen despite somewhere between 2-28 minutes of filing errors is kinda silly in the grand scheme of things. If both clubs want it, make it work. Would this happen with surgeons switching hospitals?
  • How long until De Gea is back between the sticks at Old Trafford? Will Louis van Gaal hold a grudge, and for how long?
  • Let’s hope these guys match up in the UEFA Champions League, where time can be kept on the field.

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