13 Jul Manchester United’s Solskjaer – I’ve by no means considered axing De Gea as No. 1
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he has not thought of axing David de Gea “for one second” because the goalkeeper prepares to play his 400th recreation for Manchester United.
De Gea’s place at Outdated Trafford has come beneath stress after making errors on the finish of final season and sporadically this time period however Solskjaer insists dropping the Spaniard was by no means an possibility.
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“It didn’t cross my thoughts for one second,” mentioned Solskjaer. “Under no circumstances. To be a Man Utd goalkeeper it’s a must to have a robust mentality. David has a robust mentality and he has been right here for thus lengthy that he’s coming as much as 400 video games, and you do not do this by being afraid of the limelight or being afraid of Outdated Trafford.
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“You do this by strolling out on to that pitch and exhibiting them your high quality and mentality and he’s a robust character and I did not see any good in taking him out in any respect, no.”
Solskjaer has different choices between the sticks with Argentina’s No.1 Sergio Romero obtainable and highly-rated teen Dean Henderson at the moment impressing on mortgage at Sheffield United.
De Gea’s place within the United team has not often been susceptible since arriving from Atletico Madrid in 2011 and has been named the membership’s participant of the yr 4 occasions.
If chosen to face Southampton at Outdated Trafford on Monday, the 29-year-old will make his 400th look, two greater than legendary goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel.
“David has been unbelievable and since I’ve been right here I’ve loved working with him,” mentioned Solskjaer. “He has come out and mentioned that he needs to play many many extra, perhaps 10 extra years, how lengthy will he be capable to keep on the prime is simply as much as him as a result of it is a pleasure to observe him being humble sufficient to work laborious.”
De Gea, who signed a brand new long-term contract in September that would hold him on the membership till 2024, has received 4 main trophies with United however Solskjaer believes the Spaniard needs extra.
“He is received the Premier League, he is received the FA Cup, the Europa League, the League Cup, however that’s most likely not sufficient for him,” mentioned Solskjaer. “I do not assume he can be glad till he wins the larger trophies, and staying at Man United on this time and they aren’t having yet another, I feel that is one thing that he’ll really feel is a black dot in his profession.
“Yeah, he is received his private awards, I do not assume David is that sort who cares about private awards, I feel he needs the team to elevate massive trophies as nicely.”