After the Europa League final, Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea gave Dean Henderson pause.
David De Gea appears to have reclaimed his position as Manchester United’s first choice goalkeeper.
According to rumours, David de Gea was concerned that his time as Manchester United’s number one goalkeeper had passed him by. After failing to save any of Villarreal’s penalty kicks and missing the crucial one himself in United’s Europa League final defeat to Unai Emery’s side, the Spaniard’s position at Old Trafford appeared to be in jeopardy.
Henderson also appeared to have overtaken the former Atletico Madrid goalkeeper at the end of last season, starting ten of United’s final 12 Premier League games.
Henderson appeared to be on the verge of a new goalkeeping dawn, with reports from the Athletic claiming that de Gea thought he was ready to lose his starting spot to the 24-year-old.
However, De Gea has re-established himself as the primary goalkeeper following Henderson’s early season absence due to an unlucky hip injury sustained during the early stages of Euro 2020.
The 30-year-stunning old’s penalty save from Mark Noble – his first since 2014 – to secure United’s victory over West Ham at the London Stadium summed up his outstanding start to the season.
He may have saved United seven points by making crucial stops against Wolves and Southampton, as well as David Moyes’ team.
The Athletic, citing sources close to the club and de Gea, summed up his new found form and passion by suggesting he was “willing to die” for the chance to be successful with the club once more.
They also said that close sources can tell how confident he is because “it’s even the way he walks with purpose or the way he ambles.”
It’s been a remarkable comeback for a goalkeeper who saw his first-team berth in Spain’s Euro 2020 squad dissolve due to the emergence of Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Unai Simon.
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Because of Henderson’s consistency and the fact that he was no longer No. 1, a move away from England appeared inevitable for the Spaniard.