Man Utd star David de Gea had Dean Henderson fear after Europa League final

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David de Gea feared his time as Manchester United’s No.1 goalkeeper had been lost to Dean Henderson, according to reports. The Spaniard’s future at Old Trafford looked uncertain, after he failed to save any of Villarreal’s spot-kicks, before missing the vital one himself in United’s Europa League final defeat to Unai Emery’s side.

Henderson also appeared to have displaced the former Atletico Madrid goalkeeper at the tail end of last season, with the former Sheffield United stopper starting ten of United’s final 12 Premier League matches of last season.

A new goalkeeping dawn looked to be on the horizon for Henderson, and reports from the Athletic have said de Gea himself feared he was about to lose his place to the 24-year-old.

However, Henderson’s early season absence caused by an unfortunate hip injury suffered in the early stages of Euro 2020, has seen de Gea re-establish himself as the main man between the sticks.

The 30-year-old’s dramatic penalty save from Mark Noble – his first spot-kick stop since 2014 – to secure the victory for United against West Ham at the London Stadium has summed up his excellent start to the season.

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He has perhaps rescued seven points for United, having also made key saves against Wolves and Southampton, as well as David Moyes’ side.

The Athletic summed up his new found form and desire by citing sources close to the club and de Gea, claiming he was “prepared to die” for the chance to be successful with the club once more.

They also said sources close to him are able to assess his confidence levels as “It is even the way he walks with purpose or the way he ambles.”

It has been an outstanding recovery for a goalkeeper who saw his first-team spot with the Spain national squad for Euro 2020 dissipate among the emergence of Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Unai Simon.


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A move away from England seemed to be inevitable for the Spaniard, among Henderson’s consistency and the fact he was no longer No.1 with Spain.

However, clubs who were interested in him before who would have also been able to afford his £375,000 per week wages had looked elsewhere.

Paris Saint-Germain signed Gianluigi Donnarumma, while Juventus did not make a formal approach for him in the summer.

He has two years left on his contract with the Red Devils, and this season looks to be key as to whether he commits his future to the club or not.

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This year’s campaign is his tenth year at the club.

Aside from United’s recent League Cup exit to West Ham, de Gea has started every match for the club this new season.

As well as being the Premier League regular, he looks to be Solskjaer’s man to turn to in the Champions League this season.

He also looks back to his very best, which will be good news to United fans who had perhaps lost faith in him in recent years.

As one confidante of the star said, he has “pressed the re-set button”.

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