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David De Gea made u-turn on Manchester United future after Europa League final


David De Gea contemplated leaving Manchester United (Photo by Hannah McKay – Pool/Getty Images)

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea was prepared to leave the club after the side’s devastating Europa League final defeat to Villarreal in May.

The Spaniard missed the only penalty of an astonishing penalty shootout that saw Unai Emery’s side upset the odds to beat United in Gdansk, Poland.

De Gea was given the nod ahead of Dean Henderson for the final but the Spaniard failed to save a single penalty from Villarreal and to make matters worse it was he that saw his spot kick saved to hand the La Liga side victory.

According to the Athletic, De Gea was so devastated by the manner of the defeat that he was minded to leave the club and he had begun in earnest the process of leaving the Red Devils, who he joined in 2011.

De Gea failed to save a single penalty and then missed the decisive spot kick (Photo by MAJA HITIJ / various sources / AFP) (Photo by MAJA HITIJ/AFP via Getty Images)

However, De Gea took some time to mull over the decision and informed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the following days that he was thinking emotionally and would prefer to stay at Old Trafford.

De Gea is United’s highest earner on £375,000-a-week and Solskjaer looks set to once again juggle between the Spaniard and Henderson next term.

Only Paris Saint-Germain could feasibly have afforded De Gea’s wages but the Ligue 1 giants signed AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma earlier this week.

Tom Heaton joined United on a free from Aston Villa earlier this summer and the goalkeeper still has England ambitions, meaning it’s unlikely he’ll accept being third choice.

Henderson therefore looks the likeliest to leave and the England international is not short of suitors, both at home and abroad.


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