De Gea: We have to win for the fans

Saturday 21 May 2022 07:00

David De Gea is targeting three points and a good end to the campaign in United’s season-concluding game at Crystal Palace on Sunday.

The Reds travel to the capital knowing that a win would secure Europa League football next season.

De Gea spoke to MUTV ahead of Sunday’s match against Palace, outlining his intentions for the final day.

“We know [this season has] been difficult,” he said. “But at least just for [the fans] and for our pride [we will] try to win the game.

“[I want to] at least give a win for the fans because they have been absolutely amazing for the whole season and it’s great to have them at every single game.”

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Despite a disappointing season that has seen United miss out on Champions League football for the first time since 2019, De Gea believes that this term has been one of his best on a personal level.

He said: “It will always have been a tough season for us, but I am very proud of my season, to be honest.

“I worked really hard in the summer to be here and be ready to play and show my qualities for the team. I think I did very well. I played very consistent this season and helped the team a lot.”

De Gea has won United’s Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year prize on four occasions, the only player in our history to have been awarded the accolade this many times, and he could also be a candidate for the award this time around.

Reflecting on whether this season matches his previous impressive campaigns, the Spaniard said: “Maybe it is one of my best seasons. I have had very good seasons before, but I think it has been a very good one.”

The 31-year-old will record his 487th appearance for the Reds when we face Palace on Sunday, and he currently sits 11th on United’s all-time appearance list.