David de Gea all smiles with Juan Mata and Ander Herrera in training

by Sam Peoples

Manchester United fans are absolutely delighted that David de Gea has signed a new contract but probably not as happy as Ander Herrera or Juan Mata are.

De Gea, Mata and Herrera are all neighbours in Manchester and have become a very close trio over the last year, so it’s fantastic that they’ll be staying together.

Fans shouldn’t underestimate how important a player’s happiness is as to how good they will play. You’ve only got to look at Angel di Maria last year to see how it can have such a dramatic effect on the pitch.

United have done so well to not only keep De Gea at the club but get him to sign a new contract. Now, United will dictate what happens with De Gea’s future and Real Madrid have lost any advantage over negotiations for him.

Going into the Liverpool game, news doesn’t get much better than De Gea signing a new contract and attention will now turn to whether he will start in goal.

Louis van Gaal has said he will judge De Gea in training but you get the feeling he’ll be put straight back in between the sticks.

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