Jose Mourinho has explained why David de Gea didn’t feature during Manchester United’s 3-0 win over Sunderland in the Premier League, noting that the Spaniard had a hip problem prior to the encounter with David Moyes’ side.
The 54-year-old, when asked about De Gea prior to the clash at the Stadium of Light, noted that the 26-year-old had a ‘small problem’ but didn’t add any more detail.
Sergio Romero was, in response, called into Premier League action for the first time since August 2015 and enjoyed a relatively trouble free afternoon as the visitors romped to a comfortable win.
And Mourinho, speaking after the game, noted that De Gea was suffering from a slight hip problem.
“He has a problem with his hip. When he dives he feels it a little bit. It’s good for him to have a rest.
Such a knock has probably occurred as a result of an accumulation of games over a long stretch of time. De Gea has, after all, featured in every Premier League game since Man United’s 3-1 win over Liverpool back in September 2015 – the first game after he renewed his contract at Old Trafford following his failed move to Real Madrid.
That is indeed quite a run of games; it is worth remembering that being a goalkeeper comes with its own rigorous physical standards and potential pitfalls, making the occasional break – especially at this level – somewhat necessary.