De Gea: Home support can drive us through
Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea is already champing at the bit for our Champions League last-16 second leg against Atletico Madrid at Old Trafford.
David relished being out on the pitch in Madrid, for his first game back at his former club since he departed for United in 2011, and he is now eagerly anticipating next month’s decisive contest.
Speaking in the aftermath of Wednesday’s draw, our goalkeeper highlighted the impact our home crowd could have on the night.
“It’s going to be massive, I can’t wait for the game,” De Gea expressed.
“It’s always a special night when you play in the Champions League at Old Trafford. The atmosphere is crazy, it’s unbelievable, and hopefully with the energy of the fans and the intensity that we have then it will be a good game for us.
“We have to play better and win the game.”
“It was a massive goal and there is everything to play for at Old Trafford.
“For sure we have to improve, and play better to beat Atletico Madrid. So let’s keep improving and be together.”
David is keen for United to push on in the top-four race as well as in Europe, to maximise the club's prospects of playing against top sides like Atletico next season too.
“We all fight just to be in games like today. To be in the biggest competition in Europe,” he told MUTV.
“So now we have to be very focused. [We want to] give 100 per cent in the next game against Atletico Madrid and be sure that we perform very well and [if we do that], we’ll beat them.”