In what can be termed as an utter heart-warming gesture, Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has decided to gift his gloves he wore during his 250th league game for the club to a non-league goalkeeper Jordan Dawes; who recently suffered a stroke at the tender age of 18.
It was during the Crystal Palace game over the past weekend that the Spaniard marked his 250th appearance for Manchester United and a 0-0 draw meant he had kept only his second clean sheet of the season – in the league. De Gea came to know about the news through Twitter after Crystal Palace midfielder Ciara Watling uploaded Dawes’ picture stating that “she is currently in hospital suffering from a terrible stroke at the age of 18.”
Please read and retweet 🙏🙋🏻♀️ pic.twitter.com/MIw8HiOWWm
— Ciara Watling (@CiaraSherwood) November 24, 2018
Urging for help, Watling also mentioned that it is David who she idolizes. The Spaniard, with all the compassion he has for the fellow athletes, replied to the tweet and said he would “like to send his gloves of the 250 match to Jordan” and also wished for her speedy recovery.
Having come up through Charlton’s youth academy, Dawes currently plays for the fifth-tier side Kent Football United. And when she got to know her idol is sending her a ‘get well soon’ present, she was in absolute joy. Replying to the Spaniard, the 18-year-old said, “Thank you so much, you’re my literal inspiration.”
Thank you so much, you’re my literal inspiration
— Jordan Dawes (@JordanDawes_x) November 25, 2018
Up next for David de Gea in this outright disappointing season is a Champions League group stage game against Young Boys. Having played four games thus far, United sit second in their group H, two points behind the leaders Juventus.