Ex-Manchester United boss Mourinho claimed David de Gea was 'lucky' to sign a new deal last year

Jose Mourinho claimed Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea was 'lucky' to sign a new four-year deal last September. The goalkeeper is facing a hard season after several mistakes at Old Trafford. The last one was on Sunday when the Red Devils failed to reach the final of the FA Cup, as De Gea failed to keep out Mason Mount's shot in their 3-0 loss to Chelsea. Following the errors, there have been calls for De Gea to be dropped with Dean Henderson impressing at Sheffield United on loan in this campaign. Mourinho felt the club offered him a new contract when Europe's elite no longer needed a new goalkeeper. "De Gea? I think the moment when he signed his huge contract, is the moment I don't think United needs to pay as much as that to have him," Mourinho told Sky Sports, last September. "One or two years ago he had the world after him, in this moment, the majority of the big doors were closed. "The Real Madrid door is closed, they don't need a goalkeeper after [Thibaut] Courtois. Barcelona is closed with young and fantastic [Marc-Andre] ter Stegen and Paris Saint-Germain is closed too as they signed Keylor Navas who is a very good goalkeeper." The calls for De Gea to be dropped at Old Trafford were led by pundit Alan Shearer, who believes Henderson 'has to be number one' when he returns from his loan. "I think it's time (to drop him). It keeps happening," he told BBC One. "I think you bring Henderson back when you think he's going to be number one. He has to bring him back as number one otherwise keep him out on loan for experience, but, has that time come? Yes, I think it has." Source: Daily Mail


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