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Juan Mata confident David de Gea will perform well this season

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Juan Mata has no doubt that David de Gea will perform well for Manchester United this season after the goalkeeper’s proposed transfer to Real Madrid failed to materialise last week.

De Gea was reportedly left “distraught” after failing to secure his dream move to the Bernabeu, but Mata insists his close friend and compatriot is calm about the situation and his future.

Mata’s comments will come as good news to the Manchester United supporters and Louis van Gaal, who may opt to select the 24-year-old for Saturday’s crucial Premier League fixture against fierce rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford.

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“I’ve talked with him a lot,” Mata was quoted as saying by Mundo Deportivo. “There have been hectic and stressful days but he is such a quiet, centred person, nothing changes.

“The last two years David has been the best player in our team. His saves have earned us a lot of points. I have no doubt this will be a very good year too.

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“I don’t think there’ll be a problem with the club, the coach or the fans. That’s what I perceive. The fans love him very much, he’s highly regarded by the club and the coach."

De Gea likely to replace Romero

Van Gaal’s decision over which goalkeeper to select for the Liverpool clash may have been made straight-forward after the 2-1 defeat to Swansea City prior to the international break.

Sergio Romero was arguably culpable for both of the Swans’ goals as United slumped to their first Premier League loss of the 2015-16 campaign

De Gea did not play in Spain’s 2-0 win over Slovakia on Saturday - Vicente del Bosque opted for Iker Casillas instead - but the Manchester United No. 1 is expected to start against Macedonia this evening.

If he produces an assured display in between the sticks for La Roja, expect the world-class goalkeeper to start against Brendan Rodgers’ side at the weekend.

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