David De Gea admits he is continually impressed by the "love and support" of the Manchester United fans.
Around 5,000 supporters journeyed to Sunderland on Tuesday to cheer the team on during the Capital One Cup semi-final first leg defeat at the Stadium of Light, where they provided a boisterous backdrop of noise from start to finish.
De Gea has now joined David Moyes and Wayne Rooney on the burgeoning list of club staff who have shown appreciation for the supporters, explaining that their passion and commitment from the terraces is crucial to improving results on the pitch.
Speaking to MUTV, De Gea said: "I've been amazed by the love and support from the fans. I'm really grateful for the support and when the fans are behind us it helps us to perform well, to rally in big matches and to be successful.”
Expanding on a similar point, the stopper was at a loss to describe the experience of playing at Old Trafford. "It's impossible to put into words. You have to live that kind of feeling rather than describe it. It's so special. To play on a pitch like that with the stands full and everyone behind you is magnificent. It's a dream."
Despite being just 23 years old, De Gea is in the midst of his fifth season in professional football and is already an impressively experienced goalkeeper, setting an example for other youngsters to follow. But what is it like to be seen as a role model to kids around the world?
"Well, it's important to be calm and relaxed but to take your responsibilities seriously," David explains. "It's important to always do the right thing so that anyone who does look up to you would be proud of how you carry yourself."
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