David de Gea sends positive message to fans after first training session under Erik ten Hag
Erik ten Hag’s first training session as Manchester United manager was held on Monday as the latest ‘fresh start’ at Carrington gets underway.
David de Gea is United’s longest serving player and is now onto his seventh United manager. Sadly, none of the latest five have had as much success as his first, Sir Alex Ferguson.
But rather than allow fatigue to set in, De Gea is full of positivity, and so he should be, with the club’s terrible 2021/22 campaign now put firmly behind him.
De Gea was voted as United’s player of the year by his teammates last season after a campaign in which he was kept busy by an under-performing defence.
United conceded 58 goals in 38 games, despite De Gea’s best efforts.
New manager Erik ten Hag and assistant Mitchell van der Gaag will look to improve United’s defence, after helping Ajax win the league last season with just 19 goals conceded in 34 matches.
The Eredivisie and Premier League are very different, but Ajax’s defensive record was still terrific, and this provides some hope the new coaches will have a very positive impact at Old Trafford.
David de Gea will be the main beneficiary of a defensive improvement, and he enters this campaign knowing he is the undisputed number one, unlike this time last season.
Dean Henderson is set to move on loan to Nottingham Forest, Sky Sports report. He was not present at training and his move has not yet gone through. This is because he was getting married in Rome, The Sun report, and Forest have not yet returned for pre-season.
De Gea will have Tom Heaton backing him up, although United may be open to adding an extra goalkeeper too, while Lee Grant has retired.
The Spaniard could have an important role to play as a leader in the squad this coming season, he clearly has the respect of his teammates, and he will get a big chance as number one this season.
There are still questions over his future, as his contract runs out in a year’s time, and so he still has to prove himself to Erik ten Hag fully over the course of the year ahead.