Manchester United’s solitary defeat 16 games into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s caretaker reign in charge against Paris Saint-Germain exposed the gulf the English giants still have to bridge to become a European powerhouse once more. But that the Red Devils travel to Paris on Wednesday trailing only 2-0 from the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie is thanks to David de Gea. The Spanish No1 made two brilliant stops, from Kylian Mbappe and Juan Bernat, three weeks ago as PSG threatened to run riot and again underlined his calibre as one of the best goalkeepers in the competition. With Paul Pogba suspended for the return to his native city, De Gea is the one United player who could walk into a PSG side that has divided goalkeeping duties between 41-year-old Italian legend Gianluigi Buffon and Alphonse Areola. Worryingly for United that prospect is all too real with De Gea so far holding out in contract negotiations to prolong his current deal beyond the summer of 2020. According t...

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