David de Gea makes big new statement ahead of first-team return

To believe reports, playing for Manchester United again was the one thing David de Gea didn’t want to do in the midst of the transfer window. Naturally the speculation claiming that the Spain international wanted Real Madrid or bust now looks wide of the mark, with the player himself having confirmed he wants to win back his place at club level. De Gea hasn’t featured for Louis van Gaal’s squad yet this term, but it’s thought he could claim back the number one spot when United play Liverpool this weekend. The 24-year-old said after Spain’s win over Macedonia last night that his future is the same as before. Make of that what you will. Elsewhere Sir Bobby Charlton has hailed Wayne Rooney after the United striker’s record-breaking effort against Switzerland. A penalty late on gave Rooney his 50th international goal, and Charlton said that although he was disappointed, he was also delighted.