David de Gea insists there is ‘belief’ within Manchester United squad of mounting Premier League title challenge as goalkeeper urges his side to take ‘winning mentality’ into 2021
- Manchester United move up to second in the table after beating Wolves
- The Old Trafford side have now won seven of their past nine top-flight matches
- David de Gea was part of the last United side to win the Premier League in 2013
- And while urging calm he insists the belief to win the trophy remains present
David de Gea insists Manchester United believe they can challenge for the Premier League title this season with the club set to head into the new year second in the table.
Marcus Rashford’s deflected winner in stoppage time against Wolves on Tuesday moved Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men to within two points of champions and current leaders Liverpool ahead of the Anfield club’s trip to Newcastle.
The Old Trafford side have now won seven of their past nine top-flight matches, a run which which the Spain international believes demonstrates his teammates’ mentality, while adding his side ‘believe’ they can win the club’s first title since 2013, which he was part of.
David de Gea insists Manchester United believe they can challenge for the Premier League title
Marcus Rashford’s winner against Wolves moved United up to second in the league table
‘I think we now have a winning mentality and this is very important for the team,’ the goalkeeper said following the victory against Wolves.
‘All of us want to win, we keep trying until the end. It was great to see the team trying to score until the last minute and then we scored a goal so it’s perfect for us.
‘At the moment we feel very strong, very confident so now we have to start 2021 like we finished this year – with confidence, strong, with a winning mentality and like we play a [cup] final every game so let’s go for it.’
Asked about the growing belief in the dressing room of a first trophy since 2017, he added: ‘Of course, I think there’s belief. You have to believe, keep believing all the time but at the same time we have to be calm because this is a long way to finish, many games to come.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have now won seven of their past nine top-flight matches
And while urging calm, the Spain international insists his team-mates believe they can win it
‘We have to be very focused on Aston Villa and then to the next game and then to the next game.’
The 30-year-old also declared himself fit for the visit of Dean Smith’s side on New Year’s Day after an accidental collision with Wolves winger Adama Traore.
De Gea was left in pain and struggling to breathe on the ground after being flattened by his compatriot in the second half of the 1-0 win against Nuno Espirito Santo’s men.
‘He’s one of the strongest players in the Premier League so it was very painful in my arm and in my stomach but it was fine,’ De Gea said.
‘We win the game, so everything’s fine. I feel very well. It was just when I hit Traore it was painful. I couldn’t breathe, but it was fine.’
De Gea also claimed he would be fit to face Aston Villa on New Year’s Day at Old Trafford
The goalkeeper was struggling to breathe after an accidental collision with Adama Traore