Manchester United star goalkeeper David De Gea has decided that he has had enough rest, returning from his holiday early to get into pre-season training as he aims to put his club career back on track.
The Spaniard’s stock has taken a dramatic dive in the last 3 years-since after the 2018 World Cup. In the last 12 months, he has lost his spot between the sticks to Dean Henderson at Old Trafford after a miserable, mistake-ridden 2020-21 season in which he committed 6 errors leading to goal.
De Gea couldn’t even get off the bench at Euro 2020, with Luis Enrique preferring Unai Simon as Spain reached the semi-finals this summer.
The 30-year-old was granted an elongated break and was expected back in Manchester in early August but is already back at Carrington after just two weeks of holiday.
‘David wants to be back and sharp. He could have taken it easy for three weeks but he also knows Hendo is equally determined to prove himself to Ole,’ a source at United told the Sun.
Henderson had to watch from home as England shocked the world and got to the Euros final this summer, having suffered a hip injury just days before the tournament.
The 24-year-old is already back in training ahead of the new season – likely the key factor in De Gea’s decision to forgo a few more weeks of holiday.
Having been a stellar part of whatever success United had in the last decade, winning 4 Matt Busby player of the year awards, De Gea has fallen out of favour at United and he is quick losing the support of the fans who have backed Dean Henderson to be the No 1 in the new season.
De Gea will be eager to impress Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and earn a starting berth against Leeds United in the season opener.
Last season, the Spaniard was far from his best, culminating in a horrific penalty shootout in the Europa League final.
He missed his own penalty kick and failed to stop any of Villarreal’s 11 spot-kicks, awarding the trophy to the La Liga side.
With United building for a title challenge, De Gea will be eager to play a crucial part this season. They’ve signed Jadon Sancho and are closing in on Raphael Varane, two players who potentially fill the gaps.