Van der Sar: David de Gea should stay.

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar has backed Louis van Gaal to find a solid replacement for David de Gea, should the Spain international leave for Los Blancos this summer.

The former Netherlands shot-stopper, who retired back in 2011, said he would like to De Gea remain at Old Trafford, but the Dutchman is also convinced Van Gaal has 'a plan B in mind' should the United no. 1 leave for La Liga side Real Madrid.

“For the club it would be great (if De Gea stays). They are two weeks away from starting preparations for next season so it would be great to have things covered,” Van der Sar told Sky Sports News HQ.

“On the other hand, United need a proper goalkeeper between the posts - whether if it’s David, Victor Valdes or a new signing we will see.

“David is from Madrid and it would be a great challenge for him at Real, but he has massive support at United after his performances in the last two years.

“He’s won the Player of the Year twice so he knows what he has here and, while I don’t know his family situation and what’s important to him, there are a lot of possibilities here at United.

“I’m sure Louis has a plan B and C in mind (if De Gea were to leave), otherwise he wouldn’t be a great manager. The success he has had at Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and the national team I’m sure he’ll be a success at United.”

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