Man Utd keeper David De Gea: Too many tacos, too much sleep, not enough English
David De Gea’s first season in the Premier League was undermined by lifestyle issues and his reluctance to learn English, according to former Manchester United goalkeeping coach Eric Steele.
The Spaniard was heavily criticised by the media and fans during an underwhelming start to his career at Old Trafford.
And it now seems that many of the same concerns were being expressed in-house at United.
Steele told The Guardian: “His first six months were horrendous.
“One issue with him was that he was just 71 kilos. We worked with him on and off the field to make him more powerful.
“We changed his lifestyle. He would finish training and want to go home. When I told him to come back in the afternoon he’d ask: ‘Why?’
“There were lifestyle issues. He’d sleep two or three times a day. He’d have his main meal late at night. He’d eat too many tacos.
“We pushed protein drinks on him straight after training. We physically made him drink. We had him in the gym a lot. He hated it. They don’t do the gym in Spain as much. We needed to build his core strength.”
De Gea’s demeanour was also a concern.
Steele said he was: “Solemn because he was tired, mentally and physically.
“I told him he needed to train better, that he was on show every day.
“There were times in his first season when he trained poorly. I told him that players made decisions for managers, not the other way around. That he should be first, not last out for training.”
And frustrated by De Gea’s laziness when it came to learning English, Steele has revealed that he started taking Spanish lessons in a bid to improve communication between the pair.
He saidL “We needed to be able to communicate with each other straight away, even if it was just the basic terms. David is lazy in his desire to learn English. So I learned.
“I kept telling him to work on his English.”