Luis Enrique has explained why he refused to call Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea to his Spain squad for the ongoing UEFA Nations League.
Enrique, who was one of the aspirants to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the next Man United boss, might have revealed the reason United had struggled defensively following his explanation of snubbing the 30-year-old.
De Gea may have won United’s Players’ Player of the Year Award for the 2021/2022 season but his performances weren’t enough to convince Enrique to bring the ex-Atletico Madrid goalie back to the Spain national team.
The former Barcelona manager suggested that David de Gea’s inability to create attack from the back and challenge for aerial duels, something many Manchester United have complained about all season, were some of the factors that made him snub the goalkeeper, who had loads of noteworthy moments at Old Trafford this season.
Speaking after Spain’s 1-1 draw against Portugal on Friday in the UEFA Nations League, Enrique told GOAL that the Man United shot-stopper isn’t among his first three choices in between the sticks.
“I look to have three starting goalkeepers and I think that right now I have them,” the Spain boss said when asked about De Gea‘s absence from the Spain squad.
“A goalkeeper should start the play and generate the first superiority, they must dominate the aerial play. I need a goalkeeper that transmits peace and calmness to me – and that doesn’t mean they won’t make mistakes, errors are part of football. But what they generate I like a lot.”
David de Gea featured in all of Manchester United’s 38 Premier League matches and conceded 58 goals, which summed up the reason United finish outside the top-four.