David de Gea claims Cristiano Ronaldo has had as big an impact on the pitch as the “legend” since the “legend” returned to Old Trafford last month.
Ronaldo, 36, has scored four goals in three matches after his staggering time limit from Juventus.
But Manchester United keeper De Gea believes the Portugal frontman also leads by example with his dedication, reputation, training regime and overall lifestyle.
The Spaniard himself is on a high after securing United’s Premier League No. 1 shirt from Dean Henderson.
And former Real Madrid superstar Ronaldo has added to De Gea’s excitement as United prepare for a home love clash with Aston Villa on Saturday.
He told Sky Sports: “I think the impact is already there. It’s amazing to have him back at home.
“He’s already a legend at the club, so I think for the players, for the young boys, for everyone, he’s a great guy to see every day how he works out in the gym, he How he treats himself, how he takes care of his body, and himself.
“He’s an amazing player and it’s great to see him here every day working hard and helping the team.”
De Gea’s last-gasp penalty to save United’s 2-1 love win at West Ham last Sunday from a sub Mark Noble.
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But the Hammers retaliated three days later at Old Trafford, winning 1–0 when two very changed teams met in the Carabao Cup.
Henderson, 24, replaced De Gea, 30, between sticks on Wednesday, but the roles are likely to be reversed against Villa later this week.
And it is claimed that one-cap England ace Henderson will insist on a January loan exit to get more regular first-team football.
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