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David De Gea's special dedication after the match against Leicester City

The Spanish goalkeeper paid tribute to his late grandmother

By Harry Smith

The Spanish goalkeeper paid tribute to his late grandmother
The Spanish goalkeeper paid tribute to his late grandmother
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After Manchester United defeated Leicester City on Thursday, David De Gea posted a picture on his Instagram account where he dedicated the victory and his performance to his late grandmother, who sadly passed away recently. After keeping the clean sheet, he became the goalkeeper with the most clean sheets in the club’s history with 133.

Despite that, it hasn’t been an easy season for David De Gea so far. After Dean Henderson left on loan once again this summer, he was supposed to be the “No.1” goalkeeper one more year at Manchester United. However, he didn’t convince Erik ten Hag during pre-season because of his lack of skills with the ball on his feet.

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This is a skill that the new manager likes in his goalkeepers because he likes to play the ball from the back so his team can have more possession of the football. The Spanish man has proven during his 11 years at the club that even though, he is one of the best in the world down the sticks, he has trouble when the ball is on his feet.

In the first two games of the Premier League campaign, the 31-year-old conceded six goals, but he also made two shocking mistakes in the 4-0 defeat against Brentford, which caused Erik ten Hag to go on the transfer market and find a new goalkeeper who could represent a threat to him for a place in the starting XI every week. 

The biggest challenge of his career

David De Gea won’t have it easy this season after Martin Dúbravka was signed on transfer deadline day so he could compete with him in the goalkeeper position. The former Atletico de Madrid goalkeeper has always been a starter at Manchester United, but he will finally face competition as Dúbravka wants to be the starter too and is of the manager's liking.

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