‘I trust in myself, I showed my qualities’: David de Gea ignoring speculation that Dean Henderson could return to Manchester United and dislodge him as No 1 at Old Trafford
- De Gea has been under pressure after a series of costly mistakes for Man United
- But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer trusted the Spaniard in FA Cup and Europa semi-finals
- De Gea’s status as United’s No 1 will come under pressure from Dean Henderson
- He is returning from two successful seasons on loan at Sheffield United
- But De Gea insists he has the mental strength to remain United’s first choice
David de Gea will fight to stay as Manchester United’s No 1, insisting he has never lost belief in himself.
The Spanish goalkeeper came under fire towards the end of this season after he was picked ahead of his understudy Sergio Romero for last month’s FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea and made several costly errors in United’s 3-1 defeat.
De Gea also played instead of Romero in Sunday’s Europa League semi-final against Sevilla, even though the Argentine had again appeared in most of the earlier rounds, but couldn’t prevent United going out at the penultimate stage again.
David de Gea reflects on Manchester United’s Europa League semi-final defeat to Sevilla
The Spaniard was powerless to stop United’s final chance of silverware slipping away
The goalkeeping situation at United has been further complicated because Dean Henderson has returned from a second loan spell at Sheffield United and made it clear that he has no intention of being No 2 to De Gea.
It still seems likely that Henderson will go out on loan again, although nothing has been decided with less than a month to go until most Premier League teams kick off the new season.
However, De Gea is determined to ignore the speculation and focus on keeping his place under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
‘No, I trust in myself,’ he said. ‘I showed my qualities all the years, so I just keep available for the manager. I’m always ready to play and try to help the team as always.’
De Gea has come in for criticism this season following high-profile errors such as this one against Watford in the Premier League back in December
His mistake also proved costly as Mason Mount scored for Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final
On being selected ahead of Romero against Sevilla, De Gea added: ‘It’s the same as with every match, the manager has the team in his mind.
‘I always want to play. I knew it was a possibility that I was going to play. I have trained the best I can in order to help the team.
‘At the end of the day, I feel that we have deserved to win. We played well, we had lots of chances, but football is like that. When you fail, the other team kills you.
‘We played against a great team in Sevilla. They have had two or three chances and they’ve taken them. That’s the difference in this match. All the chances we had, we didn’t take them, and they were very good up front.
‘We have to learn from these defeats if we want to be a winning team. Now we will all rest, it’s been a hard and different season. We will keep working so that we will be ready for next season.’
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has kept faith with De Gea throughout a difficult season for the Spaniard
Dean Henderson is expected to challenge De Gea for the gloves when he returns from loan
De Gea believes United are heading in the right direction under Solskjaer but need to add some experience to their squad to challenge Liverpool and Manchester City.
‘I think we improved already this season,’ he said. ‘We are all enjoying playing attacking football.
‘We were 14 points behind the third position in the Premier League and we finished third at the end.
Maybe we need a bit more experience in the team. Let’s keep improving, let’s keep fighting for this club and let’s try to win trophies next season.
‘There has been a lot of games and not a lot of rest, so we have a couple of weeks to rest and then start training again. We have to be 100 per cent focused and ready to play our best football.’
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