Ten Hag gives ‘vote of confidence’ to £350k-a-week star at Old Trafford

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea was given a “vote of confidence” by Erik ten Hag over his place in the XI earlier this summer, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

De Gea’s position hasn’t always been secure in recent years, but the Dutchman has made it clear from the off that he sees him as his number one.

What’s the latest news involving De Gea?

De Gea is approaching 500 games for the Red Devils, but his form over the last couple of seasons has often been called into doubt.

As a result, two years back, the £350,000 per-week star found himself involved in an intense battle with Dean Henderson, with his place in the side under threat for the first time in his United career.

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Ultimately, De Gea came out on top after beating off competition from the England star, who’s since been loaned out to Nottingham Forest to get regular game-time.

United have brought in Martin Dubravka to provide cover, but the ex-Newcastle man is unlikely to put any serious pressure on his number one spot.

What did O’Rourke say about De Gea?

He told GIVEMESPORT: “I think De Gea has been given a vote of confidence by Ten Hag in the summer that he is his number one goalkeeper.

“I think he’s done quite well so far this year, apart from that bad game against Brentford, where he made a few mistakes.”

How is De Gea performing this season?

De Gea’s campaign got off to the worst possible start when he didn’t exactly cover himself in glory for the opening day defeat against Brighton, before producing a horror display at Brentford.

The experienced stopper was partially at fault for the first three goals in the 4-0 defeat, with his role in Josh DaSilva’s opener a moment to forget, letting his tame shot slip through his hands.

But with Tom Heaton the only other senior goalkeeper at the club, Ten Hag opted to stick with De Gea, and his decision has paid off handsomely.

That’s because the Spaniard has sharpened up to help United secure four Premier League wins on the bounce, conceding just twice in the process.

It would be a stretch too far to suggest that De Gea is back to his best, but he’s certainly beginning to find his feet.

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