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Seyi Ogunnaike: Open Letter to Manchester United’s 1st Choice Goalkeeper David De Gea



Dear David,

Before you make your decision to either stay or leave Manchester United, you need to do a little reminiscing and soul searching. Remember that you were relatively unknown until the club introduced you to the world. Remember your first season when your confidence was so low you couldn’t hold on firmly to almost every crossed ball and everyone made a mockery of your talent. Remember how your confidence used to fail you so much you spilled Phil Bardsley’s feeble shot into the net in the final minute of extra time at the Capital One Cup semi final 2nd leg. It was Manchester United’s game against Sunderland in 2013/2014 season – a mistake that was a catalyst for the eventual exit of Manchester United from that competition. There were other frequently occurring embarrassing goofs that characterised your first and second seasons. In spite of all of these failings, Alex Ferguson and David Moyes still kept faith in you, even when there was a better goal keeper on the bench at that time. In the midst of all these, you won the English Premier League title in your second season (2012/2013), though ably assisted by Anders Lindegaard, the 2nd choice goal keeper.

Imagine what would have happened to your confidence, your fitness and your overall performance if you had been dropped and left on the bench for 2 straight seasons after your protracted shaky start in your first season; you wouldn’t be the world class goal keeper that you have become now, making jaw-dropping saves with your palms, arms, legs and body. Real Madrid wouldn’t be willing to break the bank to have you on their pay roll. You probably would have ended up frustrated on the bench and gone ahead to sign for a mid-table team anywhere in Europe just to get playing time.

Reports say your decision will have nothing to do with money; if that is true, then you have successfully put passion before pay, which is commendable. However, Manchester United has believed in you through your difficult times in goal; it is only fair (though nothing seems fair in today’s football) that you avail them your highly rated and excellent services for at least one more season – as they regroup, rebuild and strategise towards finding their way back to being one Europe’s power house in football. Your decision to leave at this crucial time might be a cog in the wheel of that progress, owing to the fact that you were the “best actor” in Manchester United’s “Top Four movie” this season. You played your role so well even rival club managers still commend you.

It is also worthy of note that you were Manchester United’s Player of The Season in the 2013/2014 campaign (an award you might end up winning again this season), so I urge you to sign a new contract, stay back and give this team’s defence line some measure of stability and one more shot at making a statement home & abroad.

In my opinion, one more season is the least this football club deserves from you. But if your heart is no longer in England and is calling for home, please kindly move on. Like the saying goes “If your heart isn’t in it, your mind isn’t on it”. If you stay back on that premise, it could be catastrophic for your career and for Manchester United.

Best wishes, from a concerned fan.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Seyi F. Ogunnaike is a product of Industrial Relations & Personnel Management, happily married with kids. Career experience in Insurance and Banking sectors, a lover of music & football, passionate about creative writing and the humorous & positive side of satirism, for me, it’s way of [email protected]


  1. Tolu

    May 24, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    Babe, why do you want to leave us at this crucial time? Stay with us o let’s be your scape goat????????

  2. UUA

    May 24, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    Please tell him ohh!! He wants to bite the hand that fed him

  3. Diddy

    May 24, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    from ur write up u sound like a fan of man utd,well he won the player of the season award,even in my opinion he was suppose to among the nominees in the english premier league award cos he was fantastic this season,am not saying this not only am a utdfan but it is the truth,well u know most footballers will say they dont move cos of the money,instead they want a change but we all know money rules after all nobody wan be job for bible and however teachers reward might be in heaven but definitely not footballers.well i hope he stays cos he has really contributed immensely to the success at man utd for the past 3 seasons,but if he wants to go,well we cant stop him cos the only constant tin in life is change.

  4. bruno FIERCE

    May 24, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    I avoid boys like this who are obsessed with football. its such a huge turn off.
    @seyi oguniake
    if im having a conversation with someone and the person mistakenly mentions uefa champions league, just know our friendship is going to end that second.

    I know its ur personal choice but there are other sports that are much more entertaining than football.

    nigerians love football but they don’t even know how to play it. the only thing they know how to do is argue about it from morning till night.

    • Bobo

      May 25, 2015 at 5:02 am

      I don’t understand…

    • Em

      May 25, 2015 at 7:04 am

      And where did he ask for your opinion Bruno? If u avoid boys that talk about football why didn’t you avoid reading this article?

  5. Luqman

    May 24, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    The Red Devils Fans are venting their anger on David De Gea intention to leave Manchester United. It’s a normal thing to have abysmal performance when changing the league from one country to another due to some adaptation factors. It wasn’t every player that formed a cohesive force in their first season, and we have seen some players that scored on their debuts. De Gea’s confidence was so low when he joined Man Utd as you have stated, but that doesn’t mean he was a terrible keeper to replace Van Der Sal.
    In the long run, he started showing his brilliance the moment he regained the confidence. If wasn’t bcos of him in this season, Man Utd wouldn’t have made the Champions League qualification. Why must the guy be crucified for having an intention to leave the club? Man Utd also bought him from Atletico Madrid, though the club contributed immensely to his progress, but In football na only permanent barrack dey. Soldier dey go Soldier dey come, unless you are homegrown talent

    See you next season, the sky is still blue at the moment.

  6. Anon

    May 25, 2015 at 12:15 am

    Man United over Real Madrid? It is a no brainer. There’s hardly loyalty in football these days.


      May 25, 2015 at 12:26 pm

      LMAO!! Loyalty indeed! Ask Van Persie, he would know what loyalty means. #yimu

    • Anon

      May 25, 2015 at 5:24 pm

      Who was he meant to be loyal to? You can say the same about Cesc Fabregas and Henry. All three won titles when they left the Gooners. Loyalty? Giggs, Gerrard, Casillas….

  7. A Real Nigerian

    May 25, 2015 at 12:27 am

    “Real Madrid wouldn’t be willing to break the bank to have you on their pay roll”
    Excuse me? Are you really serious or have you let your emotions becloud your reasoning? Madrid spent over €30 million on the likes of Danilo and Illarramendi and you think they won’t break the bank for De Gea?
    And who is going to bench De Gea if he goes to Madrid? Casillas or Navas? Wow.
    Your laughable letter is filled with so much emotion but little or no reason.

  8. Joe

    May 25, 2015 at 9:09 am

    If he does not wanna play for Man-United then its all his choice…..Why should he be judge or crucified for wanting to leave…David De Gea has been so fantastic this season….Real Madrid will break the bank for De Gea trust me…take a look at Casillas already so tired….

  9. Olori Tari

    May 25, 2015 at 9:25 am

    LOl please leave De gea to go to his town, where he will certainly prefer. Just like Arsenal fans where chanting Last week when he left the field “his gone to Madrid, his gone to Madrid…David De Gea is gone to Madrid” ???

    That being said, it must hurt for ManU fans because if not for him, you guys will be a solid mid table team. Struggling with Liverpool and co. I hope he goes ?

  10. Jaygirl

    May 25, 2015 at 9:30 am

    I am an ardent fan of Man Utd and I really do not want to see De Gea leave the club. I remember back in the day when Fergie had so much faith in him despite not being world class then. He has grown into a fab keeper, performing way better than most players especially this season. However, we should remember he has needs too besides it’s not easy living away from home. I find it unfair when fans start talking about loyalty to clubs and branding players as money grabbers, although this may be partly true, it is important to remember that most of these players have families they would want to be close to as well as personal goals they would like to achieve before the end of their career. Before u judge remember that they only have limited time to ‘work’ as footballers unlike you and and I who can keep on working till we turn 55 – 65 and some even longer.

    We love you De Gea, please stay if you can. (gosh this has to be my longest ever post on BN, it’s official, I am a United freak hahaha!)

    • stylista

      May 25, 2015 at 10:47 am

      is that you Joy?

    • Jaygirl

      May 25, 2015 at 4:28 pm

      No hun.

  11. max

    May 25, 2015 at 9:43 am

    I will advice he remains at united,club football is not all about real maldrid.He can be great at Man U.


    May 25, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    Yea…like when ManU took Van Persie from Arsenal. Looooool, now you know how I felt.
    Anyhoo, you’ll move on somehow @seyiogunnaike

  13. onyx

    May 25, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    I’m a Man utd fan but i’m getting tired of fans thinking that there’s any sort of loyalty in football these days. All the badge kissing and chest thumping footballers do is just playing to the gallery bcos fans love it. They are human beings also and they will move on when they want for better pay, better chances of trophies or any other reason that will serve their interests or that of their agents and that’s why transfer windows exist. Not trying to knock the author’s write up down but honestly this open letter does not just cut it for me. Robin Van Persie spent 70& of his career at Arsenal on the treatment table and after just one incredible season BOOM Fergie snatched him up and he won the league for us. Where was Seyi Ogunnaike’s write up then? I enjoy football, i absolutely love the banter especially when you visit some grounds in England but i never deceive myself that there’s still any loyalty in the game anymore

    • D Main Man

      May 25, 2015 at 9:37 pm


  14. babygiwa

    May 25, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    I am a dedicated Manchester United fan and I love the club more than I love some people. Yep. I said it. Ddg, please stay with us? Just one more season to regain our true form and rebuild the club. Please.

  15. Red

    May 25, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    The lure of Madrid is too great. It is the world’s ultimate 11. The Hollywood football team.

  16. wolebatty

    May 25, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    Like De gea like Sterling. …. that is modern football for you, where love of money, selfishness override passionate football and club loyalty

  17. D Main Man

    May 25, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    Medicine after death, LVG had started looking for new goal keeper after De Gea agreed on personal terms with real madrid.
    …as an aficionado of #ManU…good he leaves, for him, ovation its at loudest.

  18. Seyi Ogunnaike

    May 26, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    @A Real Nigerian,the line you quoted is integrated with that whole paragraph,read it that way,maybe you’ll get the message.

  19. baby girl

    May 26, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    please de gea we want you to stay (in sam smith’s voice) and those real madrid people always take from us thats how they took christiano ronaldo.

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