DAVID DE GEA has been mocked for claiming his new £350,000-a-week Manchester United contract is with the “best club in England”.
Some fans argued United were “not even the biggest club in Manchester” and clearly not the best team in the Premier League, after coming sixth behind champions City last term, their third finish outside the top five since 2014.
Spain keeper De Gea, 28, insists he is “very happy, very proud” to extend his eight-year stay at Old Trafford until 2023 – describing United supporters as “the best fans in the world”.
But he was taunted on social media as a “jokester” as United have not won the Prem since their all-time great manager Alex Ferguson bowed out with the crown in 2013.
“I’m very happy, very proud to stay at this club – the best club in England.
“We are in a special club with a lot of history, now it’s time to show everything – the passion, the pride.
“The fans are amazing. Even if we travel far away, it’s crazy, the support. The love we feel is amazing. The fans are for me the best in the world.
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“It was a dream when I came here. I was a kid when I came, so now I’m becoming a man. Good moments, bad moments, everything.
“Really happy to have been here a long time… So hopefully the best things are coming.”
But some fans joked De Gea must have joined neighbours City or Liverpool if he seriously believed United were the best club.
And one supporter teased Sky Sports by suggested they had promoted De Gea’s controversial line just to stir up the age-old debate of best club vs biggest.
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And taking the bait, one fan posted: “Biggest yes, best no.”
Another posted: “Why would he need to take Utd back to the top – he said they are the best club in England.”
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