Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has reshuffled his coaching staff at Old Trafford, bringing in a familiar face for David de Gea.
The Spaniard is set to be reunited with former Atletico Madrid goalkeeping coach Emilio Alvarez Blanco, who has been confirmed as one of Mourinho’s six new members of coaching staff, as noted by The Mirror.
It’s a fairly dramatic shake up behind the scenes as Mourinho looks to stamp his mark on matters at Carrington, but it will certainly be a boost for De Gea to have a coach that helped him develop into the shot-stopper that he is today.
Blanco played a key role in helping get De Gea promoted to Atleti’s first-choice between the posts during his time in the Spanish capital, and he quickly developed into one of the most promising goalkeepers in Europe.
In turn, that earned him his move to United as he has continued to impress and establish himself as arguably the best ‘keeper in the Premier League having now won three straight fans’ Player of the Year awards.
Having worked with other coaches in between his spells with Blanco, it’s clear that this won’t necessarily result in De Gea dramatically improving further.
Nevertheless, it will be seen as a positive thing for him under Mourinho’s stewardship, and he will hope to maintain the same level of performance as he has done in recent years.
The Spanish international already has a new defender in Eric Bailly in front of him, and he will certainly be tasked with leading from the back to ensure that Mourinho’s side is tough to break down which in turn will give their attacking players the opportunity to go out and win games.