Jose Mourinho & David De Gea
When the Man United team sheet was released for the Sunderland game last Sunday, there were a series of shocks for Red Devils supporters.
The headline news was that Jose Mourinho had picked Marouane Fellaini as his captain for the match at the Stadium of Light.
More concerning were changes to the United rearguard. Antonio Valencia was left out of the squad, as was Spanish international keeper David De Gea.
Arguably United’s best player, De Gea has been an ever present this season until this weekend, while the Special One told reports his star keeper had to miss the Black Cats game with a knock to his hip.
But was Mourinho playing mind games?
The Mail on Wednesday have inserted some doubt into the minds of Man United fans over De Gea’s injury.
Appearing to pick their words very carefully, the paper suggests that De Gea may have missed the Sunderland game for other reasons.
The Mail claim that Mourinho has upset De Gea, adding the “goalkeeper was left out of the United side that won at Sunderland last Sunday”. The paper go on to report:
Mourinho has been privately critical of the 26-year-old following his performances against West Bromwich Albion and Everton, questioning his assertiveness.
The Spaniard’s slight injury allowed Mourinho the opportunity to call on Romero, though it is understood De Gea will be back in contention for Sunday’s critical Premier League game against Chelsea.
The Mail’s piece is placed within the context that Real Madrid would like to sign De Gea in the summer, however it’s believed the Red Devils will hold onto the keeper.