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United Briefing: De Gea reveals what makes us strong

Tuesday 26 January 2021 08:00

David De Gea has stressed the importance of the team ethic and spirit in the Manchester United camp, insisting that is what makes the Reds so strong.

After Sunday's memorable Emirates FA Cup victory over Liverpool, attentions now swiftly turn back to the Premier League and the battle at the top of the table, where United currently sit at the summit, going into this week's round of matches, which start on Tuesday night.

The Reds host Sheffield United at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening (20:15 GMT), looking to maintain our excellent form of late.

United Review, the official matchday programme, spoke to De Gea ahead of the game and he discussed the current positive vibes running through the squad and how all the players are making vital contributions, even those not always starting matches.

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"The whole team is ready to play and give everything, that’s the most important thing," he declared. "Everyone is ready to play or to be on the bench or to be in the stands – we are all together. That makes the difference. We feel and hear the others from the bench and the stands, especially without the fans. 

"For example, the other day against Fulham, I could hear Granty [Lee Grant] from the stands shouting ‘well done, Dave!’ [Smiles] It was great to have him cheering the team and helping the team, like everyone does. 

"The most important thing is the team, not just one player or two players, the whole team is what makes us strong."

As he nears the 10-year mark as a Red, De Gea, alongside the likes of Edinson Cavani, Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic, know what it's like to go all the way in a league title race, be it here or abroad, and he's keen to help pass on his experience to others.

"I’m trying to lead and be a leader. The young lads might look at me and see I have been here a long time, and played a lot of games, and I think the most important thing is to show your experience on the pitch and in the games by trying to help the team," explained David. 

"I try to make big saves in the games and train hard as well. Training is very important too and always to give your all.

"I have the experience of winning big titles here. I know the feeling of winning things and, this year, we have an opportunity to win a trophy and we cannot miss big chances," he added.

"If the chance is there we have to go for it and fight until the last game to win. I’m trying to give some advice to the young lads and I try to give 100 per cent in every training session and every game to show them that ‘come on, we have to be 100 per cent every day and fight for everything’.
Like his manager, the 30-year-old keeper has highlighted the importance of not getting too far ahead of ourselves and losing focus.

"I think the most important thing is just to be focused on the next game. Don’t think a lot about the next matches coming up, just the next one. You need to be 100 per cent on it for that match and to try to get the three points," he said.

"For me, it’s easy [to focus on one game at a time]. I just come in, train, give everything and just prepare for the next game, nothing else, not the games after that one, just the next one. And try to win of course."
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will hold his usual pre-match media briefing on Tuesday and you'll be able to watch it live on MUTV and our Official App at 13:30 GMT.

The manager will also speak exclusively to club media and we expect he may have an update on the fitness of Rashford, who was due to have a scan on Monday on his knee.

We'll also be looking back over a past meeting with the Blades and keep an eye out for another great story from Edinson Cavani who discusses an attacking legend who once scored a belting goal at Old Trafford.

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Following our brilliant 3-2 win over Liverpool, we brought you updates from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on the fitness of Marcus and Eric Bailly.

Man-of-the-Match Rashford was substituted towards the end of Sunday's victory and headed straight down the tunnel for treatment on a knee problem. Bailly wasn't involved in the game, more as a precaution and Ole hopes both will be fit to face the Blades on Wednesday.

We also reflected on Mason Greenwood's first senior goal against Liverpool, almost two years to the day since he hit a memorable brace in an Under-18s win over the same opposition.

We also put the full highlights of Sunday's game live - you know you want to watch it again!