Manchester United stopper David De Gea has cut his summer holiday short, as he looks to reclaim his number one spot at the club.
The Spain international – who was an unused member of Luis Enrique’s Euro 2020 squad – has been United’s undisputed first-choice pick since his arrival from Atletico Madrid a decade ago, although appears to be facing his most fierce competition to date far in the form of Dean Henderson.
The 30-year-old has come under fire for a handful of high profile errors in recent years, with many tipping the young Englishman to oust him from the very outset last season.
However, it wasn’t until De Gea took personal leave due to the birth of his first child in February that Henderson finally got a consistent stretch of games, the former Sheffield United loanee developing into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s regular Premier League number one, with the more experienced Spaniard restricted to Europa League duty.
With fears that Henderson could continue to be the regular pick again this term, his goalkeeping colleague appears keen to wrestle back his position, the Sun reporting that De Gea will cut short his holiday to return to training early.
The report suggests that the former Atletico man was not due to return until early August due to his involvement in the Euro’s, yet his desire to reclaim the number one spot has seen him make a swift comeback to training to prove himself to Solskjaer.
The stopper’s last outing saw him at the centre of criticism for his role in United’s Europa League final defeat to Villarreal, the Red Devils bowing out at the end of a mammoth penalty shootout that saw De Gea not only fail to save any of the opposition’s 11 spot-kicks, but also miss the decisive penalty himself.
There are seemingly sections of the United support who believe his time is up at Old Trafford, although it remains to be seen whether teammate Henderson has the quality to step into his shoes.
With Solskjaer having already bolstered his goalkeeping ranks with the addition of the returning Tom Heaton, it could well be that one of Henderson or De Gea does depart, while veteran Lee Grant has also recently signed a new deal at the club.
That being said, the high earning Spaniard may be difficult to move on if the club does decide to cash in, with it more likely that he will stay and fight for his place.