David de Gea has insisted that his confidence is still intact, despite making crucial mistakes in Manchester United’s opening games.
Doubts were cast over the Spaniard’s ability as United’s No. 1 after he made a few costly errors which lead to the champions conceding goals against Manchester City in the Community Shield and West Brom in the Red Devils’ opening game of the season.
But the 20-year-old goalkeeper, who signed from Atletico Madrid for £18m during the summer, says it is normal for goalkeepers to feel pressure and make mistakes but he feels confident and is always trying to improve.
He told The Telegraph: “It feels normal when you do things wrong, even if it is just a couple of mistakes, that the press has the right to criticise. That applies even more so when you’re a goalkeeper as you are always in the spotlight. But what happened is normal and it is now up to me to change those negative reports into praise.
“I am looking to improve after every practice session, every match – but mostly I must keep intact my confidence in my own ability and what that can bring to the team.”
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Pogba near first-team.
Sir Alex Ferguson says 18-year-old midfielder Paul Pogba is determined to break into the Manchester United first-team this season and that he isn’t far away from doing so.
The young Frenchman joined United from Ligue 2 side Le Havre in 2009 and it wasn’t long before he began to shine in the Under-18s team.
Ferguson has revealed that the creative midfielder is training with the senior squad and he says the youngster will be given a chance to prove himself later in the season.
“Pogba’s in the first-team training set-up now,” he told Inside United, “So that’s the first step.
“After that, it’ll likely depend on when we decide to make changes. He’ll probably be involved in the League Cup and that’ll be his chance to establish himself in the squad.”
Young happy with Roo.
Manchester United winger Ashley Young believes that he and Wayne Rooney have developed a good partnership at “the biggest club in the world”, according to Sky Sports.
Young joined United from Aston Villa this summer and has got off to a great start having scored two goals in three Premier League games, grabbing four assists in the process.
The 26-year-old feels confident that his partnership with Rooney will develop and will be a great asset for both the club and the national team: “You build up relationships when you are at a club. The way Wayne has started, and the way the club have started, we’ve done really well. As long as we continue that partnership at Manchester United, I’m sure it will bode well for us with England.
“It [Man United] is the world’s biggest club. When I heard of the interest, I just wanted to sign straight away, get involved with the team. They won 19 league titles. Hopefully it will be the 20th this season.”