Man United coach asked £200,000-a-week shot-stopper to do extra sessions

David de Gea has been asked to do extra training sessions to improve his ability with the ball at his feet as Norwegian manager looks to overhaul Red Devils style of play. Although Spain international arrived in the Premier League with a reputation for being good with his feet, he had a chance to utilise those skills, particularly under Jose Mourinho.

But with new rule changes allowing two defenders inside the box from kick-offs, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is eager to have his side play out from the back more effectively. The Norwegian coach feels his side are lagging behind Man City and Liverpool in that facet of the match and has asked David to do extra training sessions to improve.

De Gea has been doing half-an-hour sessions working exclusively with his feet, with managers firing balls at him to deal with under pressure. Man United fans may notice a trend of the 28-year-old shot-stopper clipping the ball out to the full-backs this campaign, with that skill one of the significant areas the goalkeeper has been working on.

With Harry Maguire, who is very accomplished on the ball, having arrived over the summer, Solskjaer wants to play in a more expansive, possession-based way and is keen to get Spanish shot-stopper up to speed.

David has entered the final year of his contract, though Red Devils are hopeful he will sign a new deal worth nearly £350,000-a-week, making him one of the highest-paid players at Old Trafford. De Gea kept a clean sheet in Man United’s Premier League opener against Chelsea last weekend.