The 24-year-old made his first competitive appearance of the 2015-16 campaign against Macedonia last night, which Spain won 1-0 thanks to a fortuitous goal by Juan Mata, and after the match he told reporters he is focused on winning back his place in Louis van Gaal’s starting line-up.
De Gea is expected to start against fierce rivals Liverpool this weekend, according to the Mirror, in place of Sergio Romero, who was arguably culpable for both conceded goals in United’s 2-1 defeat to Swansea City before the international break.
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“I felt good. I was really keen to play. Now I have to keep working hard and see if I get some luck with my club,” De Gea was quoted as saying by The Sun. “The support I have received has been really important. I have some wonderful team-mates and I really appreciate everyone’s support.
“My future is the same as before. I must be relaxed, to continue working and improving, to enjoy football — I am happy.”
LvG must pick De Gea over Romero
While selecting De Gea would represent something of a risk for Manchester United, sticking with Romero would arguably be an even bigger gamble.
The Argentina international, for all of his qualities as a top-level goalkeeper, is not in the same class bracket as De Gea.
The Spaniard was outstanding last season and deservedly picked up Manchester United’s Player of the Year award.
Even though it still looks likely that De Gea will leave Old Trafford as a free agent at the end of the campaign, Manchester United stand a better chance of challenging for silverware with the world-class Spain international in between the sticks.
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