challenge that’s enjoyable and it ensures you’re always striving to operate at 100 per cent.”
United have conceded the first goal in 13 matches this season, salvaging a victory from eight of those games. It's a worrying habit, yet it also highlights the never-say-die attribute that has helped define Sir Alex’s 26-year reign.
Although such comebacks are typical of United, De Gea has been surprised by the frequency of turnarounds - admitting he loves being a part of a team with so much self-belief.
“I have been surprised. Certainly, when I was in Spain I’d heard about this aspect and seen for myself on TV the way the team always seemed to conjure up a late goal to either draw or win matches. So it’s great to be a part of it myself.
“I think dramatic comebacks are part of the heart and soul of this club and it’s almost written in the history of Manchester United that these sorts of things happen so often. I love being a part of it and experiencing it for myself.”
Wednesday's edition of United Review, the official match programme, includes:
- David De Gea interview
- Sir Alex's programme notes
- Sir Bobby Charlton column
- Eric Cantona feature
- Paddy Crerand column