David de Gea’s relationship with Jose Mourinho has become strained in recent weeks, reports the Daily Mail.
Manchester United are insistent that they will keep hold of the goalkeeper amid interest from Real Madrid, but questions are again going to be raised about Mourinho’s man-management.
It’s suggested that the 26-year-old took offence after the manager questioned his assertiveness.
That came after the draws against West Brom and Everton, and De Gea was a surprise absentee in the 3-0 win over Sunderland on Sunday, ostensibly because of a hip injury.
Against West Brom, the Spain international suffered a late slip-up – apparently stemming from a lack of concentration in a game where the ball had chiefly been down the other end. That incident didn’t come to anything, but he was again found wanting for Phil Jagielka’s opener in the Everton game.
The stopper is not used to being questioned, but Mourinho is determined to challenge his players.
United will be wary not to upset De Gea too much, lest Real Madrid should be able to tempt him.
Los Blancos still see Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois as their ideal replacement for Keylor Navas, but if they hear De Gea is open to leaving United, it could be a much easier pursuit for the La Liga champions-elect.