Having invested so much money in David de Gea last summer, there’s no doubt that there were many disappointed faces following the Spaniard’s turbulent debut campaign in British football. Bearing the above in mind, there have been plenty of questions focussed on the goalkeeper situation next term, yet United goalkeeping coach Eric Steele has now clarified everything and it appears as though de Gea still has a future at Old Trafford.
Following the retirement of Edin van der Sar last summer, United were faced with a goalkeeper problem for the first time in years. While Sir Alex Ferguson had recruited Anders Lindegaard twelve months earlier, many were unsure of the Dane’s ability and Fergie proceeded to sign de Gea in a huge £17m transfer. However, following an unconvincing start to his Old Trafford career, it was actually Lindegaard who proved to be the preferred choice through large portions of the season.
Fortunately for de Gea, it does appear as though he has a future at Old Trafford. Speaking to reporters, goalkeeping coach Steele claims that the club are still big admirers of the 21-year-old, although it does appear as though Lindegaard will be the man to start between the sticks.
Steele said, “We knew it was going to be a difficult start for David, but it was a learning curve and he showed mental strength. We feel he should be better for the experience second time around. David has great potential and wants to be the No.1 here, but while he plays at the Olympics we’ve got Barcelona in a friendly, and other games in Oslo and Hannover. So Anders will get the chance to stamp his authority in the United goal and stay in the team.”
While de Gea may not have made the best impression last term, United fans are still hopeful of the youngster after seeing him become such a prominent figure in La Liga during his time at Atletico Madrid.