Mourinho, who had previously announced that he was going to select deputy goalkeeper Sergio Romero for the forthcoming Europa League final against Ajax, has added that he will also likely start the Argentina international in United’s next match, away to Southampton.
He has also confirmed he will be handing a first-team debut to third-choice Joel Pereira, most likely in United’s final league match of the season, against Crystal Palace. That means that – barring injury – De Gea will not feature for United again this season.
“Joel Pereira is fantastic and I am going to give him a chance to play in one of our three remaining (Premier League) matches,” Mourinho said last week.
“We have two good experienced goalkeepers and this young boy who for me is going to be the Portuguese No 1. He was made in this club."
There is also a growing chance that De Gea will not play for United again next season, either, as Real Madrid step up their interest to recruit the Spanish number one.
In 2015 De Gea’s protracted transfer to Real Madrid fell through at the last moment – infuriating then manager Louis van Gaal – and this time around Mourinho is determined to have the player’s future resolved well before the club’s pre-season.
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