De Gea: We wanted more than a draw

Sunday 28 November 2021 19:32

David De Gea is pleased with a "big point" achieved by a hard-working Manchester United side away at Chelsea on Sunday, but insists nothing but a win is ever enough for this club.

After a string of hugely disappointing results in the Premier League, De Gea played a key part in our away victory against Villarreal in midweek. The Reds followed that up with a draw at Stamford Bridge against league-leaders Chelsea.

De Gea made four saves in United's 1-1 draw, including one crucial stop early on to deny Callum Hudson-Odoi. Jadon Sancho put Michael Carrick's side ahead, capitalising on a mistake from Jorginho to score on the counterattack. Chelsea equalised as Jorginho made up for his mistake by converting a penalty.

A tight end to the game ensued, with several chances for both sides.

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Jadon Sancho scores again as an exciting encounter at Stamford Bridge ends all square.

"I think for us a point is never enough," De Gea told MUTV

"But in the situation that we are in - a difficult situation - I think they had very good chances, but we have a point, the team fought for the point so I'm proud of the players. We were very compact, and very determined as a team, so I'm happy with the performance."

Speaking to other media post-match, De Gea described it as a "big point" for United given the circumstances.

There were several stand-out performances in the United team, including De Gea, but also the three midfielders, Matic, McTominay and Fred, who worked hard to win the ball back throughout the game.

"I think the spirit of the team was great, the fight, the determination, the desire - it was great," De Gea said.

"That should give us more confidence to win big games and to see again the team playing properly, scoring goals and winning points.

"We knew we had to not concede for at least the first 20-25 minutes. We defended quite well; aggressive. The players gave everything and it was good to see the players running all over the place, trying to play and trying to fight for the club."

Another big game approaches for United now, with Arsenal coming to Old Trafford on Thursday night. And De Gea believes he and his team-mates will take confidence from the draw at Chelsea.

"I think from today we should take a lot of confidence," he added. "We know Arsenal are in a good moment, they play well, they are improving, so it's going to be a big game."

 

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