Sergio Romero has been the best back-up goalkeeper in the league but David de Gea has managed to keep his place in the starting line-up. Now the Spaniard has tougher competition for the no.1 shirt than ever before, with Dean Henderson returning from Sheffield United on loan, but De Gea has told the club’s official site he feels better now than ever before.
Yeah maybe because I’ve been playing a lot since I was very young but right now I feel probably the best I’ve felt in my career. I feel very, very well and very confident and very positive and that’s very important for me. Now it’s time to be back to winning ways and winning trophies, that’s the most important thing for us at the moment. Like I say I feel very, very good.
It’s great to train every day here with the coaches and the goalkeepers. We always try to learn from each other and try to push altogether. It’s great. If you see the training it’s really good to see the goalkeepers together.
It’s very important to have good feelings with the other goalkeepers and the goalkeeping coaches as well. It’s great. We are training, like I say, very, very well – the whole department of keepers. We need to be at this level every day and to show the players that the keepers are feeling 100%. Now like I said we have to go for trophies.
On the opening game of the season De Gea made a penalty save, after a bizarre decision to award one was given against Victor Lindelof, only for VAR demand for it to be retaken because the goalkeeper’s foot was centimetres off the line. De Gea has reflected on this match changing moment.
It was a bit crazy. It’s already difficult to save a penalty so even if okay you make the save and they repeat the penalty then they can change the taker so there’s no pressure on the player who missed the penalty. It’s a little bit strange. Those are the rules though and I try to save the next penalty straight from the line, that’s the football rules.
It’s true the first game wasn’t the best game for us. It was a strange time after last season not having enough time to rest properly but it’s the same for all teams.
It’s time to start winning games. Last season we finished really, really strong so we need to try to play as we did in the last 10 games of last season. This is the way we need to be and playing our best football.