'David Moyes has some doubts about David de Gea'

A bizarre claim was made by a Spanish newspaper earlier today regarding the Manchester United manager's faith in David de Gea.

Earlier this afternoon we reported on what might just be the wildest piece of transfer speculation this summer, an outrageous merry-go-round deal proposed by Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo.

MD claimed United are interested in bringing in Iker Casillas in January, which could open the door for David de Gea to join Barcelona next summer.

It's not a theory we subscribe to, in fact we have described it as 'bonkers' - but one line in the report stood out:

"The coach of the 'Red Devils', David Moyes, has some doubts about David De Gea."

Is this true? Or is it purely speculation plucked out of hot air to try to strengthen a likely fabricated transfer rumour?

De Gea was one of Manchester United's star players last season especially in the second half of it, as they reclaimed their league title, with the goalkeeper answering his critics by being voted into the PFA Team of the Year by his fellow professionals.

If there is one area De Gea has a reputation for being suspect on, fairly or unfairly, it is in dealing with the physical nature of the Premier League, with Moyes helping mastermind a 1-0 win for Everton over United at Goodison Park via a Marouane Fellaini header early last season.

Could he have targeted the goalkeeper, believing him to be weak in this area? If so, then it may well be that the Scotsman still holds reservations.

Moyes controversially upset the United number one by removing goalkeeping coach Eric Steele from his post this summer and replacing him with his own man Chris Woods.

But just last week De Gea praised Woods, stating: "Things have been great with the new goalkeeping coach, Chris Woods. He's great, a really laid-back kind of guy, very calm. Every training session is 100 per cent but we have a lot of fun and I'm enjoying it. Together, we can carry on improving things like we have over the last two seasons."

It's likely Woods has also fed back positive reports on De Gea if the feeling is mutual, so where the Spanish newspaper got their information from really is a mystery.

There is a suspicion among the Spanish press over David Moyes at present, with Guillem Balague claiming earlier this summer that David Moyes had reservations over whether Thiago Alcantara was suited to the Premier League.

De Gea was selected for the first game of the season, showing any concerns cannot be that high, and we suspect it is purely a wild statement with no back-up.

But the relationship between the player and manager will be worth keeping an eye on throughout the season, just in case.

What do you think? Spanish shenanigans? Or could there be a genuine concern? Do you have full confidence in De Gea? 

image: © James Boyes

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