In this season’s Premier League title race, David de Gea insists Manchester United must make their presence felt.
If they avoid defeat against Burnley at Turf Moor on Tuesday, United will go top of the table, a feat that would make Sunday’s showdown all the more mouthwatering with reigning champions and bitter rivals Liverpool.
As Alex Ferguson retired in a blaze of glory from 2012-13, De Gea was part of the last United side to win a championship.
Since then, on the sidelines of the ‘big six’ of the Premier League, they have tended to exist and this is something that the Spanish goalkeeper is keen to change.
“Yes I have been fighting for the title in a couple of seasons when Sir Alex was here. Now we are there again and it’s taken us a lot of time to get there to be honest and we cannot miss this chance,” De Gea told the official website of United.
“In every game, we have to be very, very focused and try to win all of them. Hopefully, if we’re physically and mentally good, then we can be there and fight for the Premier League for sure.
Indeed, a lot [of games] have yet to be played, but of course it’s an opportunity to be there, to be at the top of the league.
For us, it’s a good challenge. We’re going to play against a tough team away from home in Burnley, but if we want to win the league, we’re going to have to win these kinds of matches.
I’m saying the same thing, but all we can do is focus on each match, take it game-by-game and be 100 per cent focused.”
In recent seasons, De Gea has overcome some patchy form to retain his status as United Number One in the face of the challenge of Dean Henderson.
Recently, he became the club’s leading appearance maker among non-British players in the Premier League and believes he has plenty more to give at Old Trafford at 30 years of age.