In January, Adam Crafton (The Daily Mail) gave some insight in to the situation of David de Gea and his likely transfer to Real Madrid.

Eric Steele recalls how Javier Hernandez was excellent with him off the pitch and Patrice Evra, who speaks Spanish, was a really helpful on-field influence, particularly playing in defence and passing on instructions. David’s English has improved now – it is difficult in front of cameras but he is very comfortable in English at training – and that can only help his game as a goalkeeper. He is very close to Mata and Herrera, although Hernandez is a great friend and he does miss him. Nobody should underestimate how much Hernandez helped De Gea through the tricky periods.

Javier Hernandez has returned to the squad after spending the last season on loan at Real Madrid and a delayed summer start date after breaking his collar bone in a friendly last month. De Gea, more than anyone, is likely to be pleased about this.

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