Former Manchester United star Edwin van der Sar has said that the Red Devils must find a quick resolution over the future of goalkeeper David de Gea. The Spain international has been in a contract standoff with the Red Devils over the past year and he has just 11 months remaining on his existing deal with the side.

Speaking to reporters, Van der Sar said that a decision over De Gea’s future should be made in the near future, considering the club are running out of time to make money through the Spaniard’s sale. He added that there are plenty of other goalkeepers who can take the step up and gave an example of himself after he joined the Red Devils at the age of 34.

He told: “The decision needs to come at a certain point. It takes a long time now, so it’s a case of “yes” or “no”, but I’m not a director of United. Other goalkeepers can also fill the gap. There are a few Premier League goalkeepers playing at the club who can also take the step up. I was 34 when I went to United. So there are lots of opportunities there.”

De Gea has been offered with a package of around £350,000-a-week to extend his stay with the Red Devils but so far, he has given no indication whether he would be prepared to pen the contract. As a result, the speculation regarding his future has reached greater heights over the past few months and United could mull over his sale, should the standoff extend beyond the turn of the year.

Manchester United have made an average beginning to the current season and they have registered just five points from the opening four matches. They are scheduled to face Leicester City at Old Trafford on September 15.