De Gea: I’m at ease on the pitch

by Sam Peoples

David De Gea is going into the Manchester derby on Monday in high spirits after what has been a fantastic season on an individual level for the Spaniard.

With six consecutive clean sheets, De Gea has now put together the longest run of minutes without conceding a goal in the Premier League since Edwin van der Sar’s record of 1,311 minutes set back in 2008.

And De Gea is determined to finish the season on a high by getting his hands on a first Premier League winners medal.

Speaking with Inside United, De Gea said: “I’d love to win the league this season but so does everyone else in the team.

“We’re all focused on getting three points from every game – that is what will take us to our objective. We appreciate where we are in the league and we want to finish it.”

De Gea has come on leaps and bounds this year having made 35 appearances this term. A ‘coming-of-age’ performance against Real Madrid in the Santiago Bernabeu announced him fully on the European scene but United fans have seen it all season.

He is more commanding in his own penalty area and his knock-out blow with Vidic against Sunderland epitomised how much progress he has made.

And going into Monday’s game, De Gea feels in great form and admits it is all down to hard work.

“I’m feeling well, in good shape and I’m at ease on the pitch,” he said. “I’ve played a lot of matches but I get plenty of rest at home and I eat well – it’s important to look after myself.

“I’m more confident and feel I’m playing consistently because I’ve had a prolonged run in the team. But training well and having a good mental attitude brings its rewards.

“Everything you put in, you get out. That is what you’re seeing now – I’m very happy with how I’m playing.”

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