VIDEO: Could Manchester United and Real Madrid benefit from the De Gea deal collapsing?

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For months now, it has been clear that David de Gea wanted to play for Real Madrid. Real knew it, Manchester United knew it, the entire footballing world knew it. So how is it possible that two of the biggest and most powerful clubs in the sport let the deal go down to the final seconds of the transfer window, and eventually fall apart?

According to Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe, it’s possible neither side necessarily wanted to get the deal done. United gets to hold on to one of the best goalkeepers in the world, while Real Madrid can sign him on a free transfer next summer.

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While there has been plenty of blame being thrown from Madrid to Manchester and from Manchester to Madrid, David de Gea remains a goalkeeper in the Premier League. The real question is, can he bounce back from this whole fiasco and regain the form that earned him a spot in the PFA Team of the Year last season?

Louis van Gaal has sat de Gea in the stands for United’s opening four matches, but Sergio Romero has been far from a sure thing in goal. Now that de Gea will stay at Old Trafford until at least January, he’ll have to get his focus back on football and find his way back into the starting line-up.