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With world-class players at a premium, the news that goalkeeper David De Gea is to sign a new contract at Old Trafford gives Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a massive boost during a difficult period for the club.

Paul Pogba's future and Alexis Sanchez's injury problems can be temporarily set aside as Solskjaer knows there is one position – the No 1 – he doesn't have to worry about any more.

There were genuine fears 28-year-old De Gea was going to leave, an additional problem United didn't need as they seek a new identity and young fresh faces after a dismal sixth-place finish last season.

David De Gea is set to sign a massive new deal with Manchester United after agreeing terms

David De Gea is set to sign a massive new deal with after agreeing terms

PSG, Juventus and were all circling United like vultures as the Spaniard went into the final 12 months of his contract.

Negotiations to keep him have been long, arduous and not cheap. But while a £375,000-a-week deal may draw comparisons to Sanchez or Mesut Ozil at Arsenal as a lot of money down the drain, this contract actually makes business sense.

If De Gea has itchy feet in a year's time his market value would be £70million at least, dwarfing the £19.5m they will pay him over the next 12 months.

Of course, United won't want it to come to that – the win-win scenario is De Gea returns to the form that saw him judged the best goalkeeper in the world and United can build from the back towards another trophy-laden era.

For all the publicity about Sir Alex Ferguson believing in youth, pace and energy, he always maintained that a club with the might of should buy and keep the best in the business.

It is a masterstroke from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to persuade the Spaniard to stay put

The goalkeeper could return to his best form with the certainty of a new deal behind him

The goalkeeper could return to his best form with the certainty of a new deal behind him

He did it time and time again with Peter Schmeichel, Roy Keane, Jaap Stam, Eric Cantona, Cristiano Ronaldo, Carlos Tevez, Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov, Robin van Persie and De Gea himself – the £19m price tag from Atletico Madrid raising eyebrows back in 2011.

De Gea has since repaid United's judgment many times, winning a clean sweep of the

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