Manchester United players surprised by Jose Mourinho’s David de Gea joke

The Spaniard is yet to agree a new contract with the Red Devils (Picture: Getty)

Jose Mourinho even managed to annoy David de Gea during his ill-fated reign at Manchester United, with members of the squad reportedly taken aback by a joke he made about the goalkeeper.

The Portuguese coach was sacked by United in December, with caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer overseeing a huge upturn in form, though the club are still in a precarious position.

Ander Herrera, Juan Mata, Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young are among the eight players whose contracts expire in the summer, while De Gea was also part of that group until a one-year extension clause was triggered.

Mourinho made a joke at De Gea’s expense at the end of last season (Picture: Getty)

However, he is still stalling on signing a new long-term deal, and The Times report that Mourinho may have complicated talks with a remark he made at the end of season awards in May.

When De Gea was presented with the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award and Players’ Player of the Year, Mourinho joked: ‘David deserves a third award… he’s the worst player in training… when it’s cold and wet he doesn’t save much in training.’

But the comment was not well received among the squad, eliciting only nervous laughter in the room, and it went down particularly badly with some members of the squad given that the event was being shown on live television.

De Gea had also spared United’s blushes countless times last season, keeping 17 clean sheets, and he showed that form once again to keep Tottenham at bay at Wembley last weekend.

De Gea’s current deal with United expires in the summer of 2020 (Picture: PA)

Several months on from that night, De Gea is no closer to signing a new contract and foreign clubs can offer him a pre-contract agreement in a year’s time.

The Spanish No.1 reportedly wants wage parity with Alexis Sanchez, who earns £350,000 and is the highest earner at Old Trafford, though United bosses have so far been reluctant to yield to his demands.


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