Monday 19 February 2018

David de Gea talks up Manchester United's spirit

David De Gea says everyone at Manchester United is
David De Gea says everyone at Manchester United is "all pulling in the same direction".

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea insists there is a "terrific spirit in the dressing room" at the club.

Amid a run of five games without a win in all competitions and criticism of the team's style under boss Louis van Gaal, reports have suggested there has been player unrest in the United camp.

But Van Gaal dismissed such talk on Friday at his press conference to preview Saturday's home Barclays Premier League clash with Norwich.

And in an interview with MUTV that appeared on United's website later in the day, De Gea said: "When you're going through tough times, that's when you become a very close unit and that is what we are.

"We have a terrific spirit in the dressing room, we're all very much together and we're all pulling in the same direction to do the very best we can for the club.

"It's been a difficult time for us with some disappointing results but we'll go forward with confidence and with our fans by our side, always trying to help us.

"We have to improve, win our matches and try to pick things up."

United - out of the Champions League, and fourth in the Premier League, six points off the top - have been hit by a series of injuries this season.

Jesse Lingard (leg), Matteo Darmian (hamstring), Marcos Rojo (shoulder), Antonio Valencia (foot) and Luke Shaw (leg) are all definite absentees for the Norwich game along with the suspended Bastian Schweinsteiger, while Ashley Young (knock) is a doubt.

But United could have Wayne Rooney, Chris Smalling and Ander Herrera back in action on Saturday after periods on the sidelines.

And De Gea added: "We've been really unlucky in that respect - we've picked up lots of injuries to really important players.

"But thankfully, they are slowly returning one by one, which will give us a very strong side.

"We need to continue to improve, to play better and to win matches. We will keep going."

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