Manchester United vs Liverpool: David De Gea set to make first start of the season after signing new four-year contract

Goalkeeper set to play in Saturday's 5.30pm kick-off

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David De Gea looks set to make his first start of the season for Manchester United against Liverpool on Saturday after signing a new four-year deal with the club, just 10 days after his move to Real Madrid collapsed.

Manager Louis van Gaal had kept De Gea out of his starting line-up for the first six matches of the season because he felt the Spaniard was not able to focus properly owing to Madrid's interest in him, but it is expected that he will return to the United starting XI for the Premier League match against Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday evening.

The announcement of the deal completes a remarkable turn of events after the Spain goalkeeper was on the brink of joining Real Madrid last week before the transfer failed to go through on deadline day in Spain. Both clubs blamed each other as the necessary paperwork was not completed in time.

 

It has been reported that De Gea's new deal is worth £200,000 a week, an increase of more than 600 per cent on his old £35,000 a week deal.  It has also been claimed that contract will include a buy-out clause of €50m (£36.5m).

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