Sunderland goalkeeper can succeed De Gea says Manchester United legend

Jose Mourinho claims this season has been his toughest yet after addressing Man United’s fixture pile-up and injuries.

The absence of David de Gea from Manchester United’s most recent games has been drawing attention and Jose Mourinho moved to explain what his plans for the Spaniard are for the remainder of the year.

What is unclear at this stage though is who will replace him at Old Trafford, as The Daily Star report that while United will collect £60m from his sale, they’ll use £40m of that to prise Oblak away from Atletico.

But despite having potentially played his last game for United, Mourinho has declared he wants to keep De Gea at the club beyond this summer.

United fear David De Gea will finally join Real Madrid this summer and the Spanish global won’t play again this season having already been left out of their last two games.

Oblak has a €100 million escape clause in his Atletico contract – a figure that would make him the world’s most expensive goalkeeper should he leave the Champions League semifinalists.

Oblak made his name in Portugal after helping Benfica win the domestic treble in 2014 and his potential earned him a big-money move to Atletico Madrid that summer.

And the Liverpool legend was emphatic in his response, saying: “I’ve gone for De Gea [in my team of the season]”.

Mourinho will enter the transfer market for a big-name stopper if De Gea goes and he believes Romero should remain as a back-up choice.

AC Milan’s teenage goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma is also on United’s list but Oblak, who is 24, is viewed as a better option due to his greater experience.

Mark Ogden is a senior football writer for ESPN FC.