For the first time in his Manchester United career, David de Gea’s position as the Red Devils’ number one is under serious jeopardy.
The Spaniard, who was signed from Atletico Madrid in 2011, has seemingly been usurped in the starting XI by Dean Henderson, restricted to just a solitary appearance in the UEFA Europa League since the start of March.
Despite that, De Gea still has time to save his Old Trafford career.
Now aged 30, it’s been quite the journey for the Spaniard at Manchester United.
He bounced back from a tricky debut campaign under Sir Alex Ferguson to then play a key role in the Red Devils’ last title triumph.
Even Windass himself has hailed De Gea’s immense “quality” for his performances at Old Trafford.
In fact, when looking deeper into the statistics, it could be argued that the United stopper has somewhat recovered from his poor form. According to SofaScore, he has averaged 2.4 saves per game in the Premier League this season.
Whilst this total is not his highest and is somewhat lower compared to Henderson’s 2.9, it is considerably higher than the 2.1 he managed throughout the 2016/17 season.
If he can get his current numbers back up towards that of Henderson and his own personal peak of 3.2, then there is no reason as to why he cannot be a viable option in between the sticks at Old Trafford once more.
After all, he has already once proved the doubters wrong earlier in his United career, so there is no reason why he could not do it again.