De Gea joined United in 2011 from Atletico Madrid. However, they might have been beaten to the punch by then Premier League rivals Wigan Athletic in 2009, with the Spaniard revealing he was previously in talks with the Latics.
Asked if it was true he was close to signing for the club by BT Sport's What I Wore, De Gea replied: “Yes, that one [pointing to a Wigan Athletic shirt].
“Well I was in Atletico and it was the same season I made my debut and I was like the third keeper and not even count for the team much, just training. Nothing else.
“So Wigan got in contact with me just to sign for them and I was very, very close to sign for Wigan."