David de Gea: I’m in the best physical shape of my career

by Tanveer Arayan

Manchester United keeper David de Gea has claimed that he is in the best shape of his career ahead of the busy Christmas period.

Man United travel to Bournemouth this weekend on the back of a disappointing 3-2 defeat against Wolfsburg on Tuesday, which meant they exited the Champions League at the group stages.

Louis van Gaal and United have been coming under increasing pressure but De Gea insisted he feels “really good” in terms of his fitness.

“We know that this month is a tough one with a lot of fixtures, and the tiredness can build up, so we’re working on that right now,” De Gea said.

“We’re training hard and we’re preparing well so that we can go into all these games at our highest levels of fitness in order to get through well placed near the top of the league.

“I feel really good right now. I’m probably in the best physical shape of my career.

“Let’s hope that there is still a lot ahead of me to achieve and that I can continue to improve in order to reach my highest possible level of performance.”

David de Gea

De Gea may be feeling fit but the same cannot be said for many of his teammates, with the likes of Marcos Rojo, Wayne Rooney, Ander Herrera, Phil Jones, Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia all injured.

United may well line up with a makeshift defence against Bournemouth, which means De Gea will need to be on top form if he is to keep a clean sheet. Van Gaal certainly needs a positive result if he is to relieve some of the pressure on him.

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