David de Gea is loving life at Manchester United after cementing his place as the first choice keeper and playing a key role for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side as they close in on their 20th Premier League title.
Ahead of Aston Villa’s visit to Old Trafford on Sunday, the Spaniard spoke about how he feels very much a part of the dressing room and how he is relishing the title run-in.
He told reporters: “I am really enjoying it, we can’t wait for each game and I want the Aston Villa match to come round as quickly as possible.
“There is a little way to go yet [in the title race] and we still have plenty of work to do. But the dressing room is very positive. We intend to keep fighting and maintain that advantage.”
However, United’s march towards the title was halted by Wigan on Wednesday, as they fell to a 1-0 defeat. De Gea insists that the shock defeat could in fact prove to help United.
“It was a disappointment but sometimes games like that can be a wake-up call,” he said.
“It reminded us that anyone is capable of winning games in this league, against any opposition.
“It will make us even more focused going into these last five games and make sure we carry on that battle for the title.”
De Gea says his improvement in form and in confidence is down to the players that surround him.
He explained: “Having the same players around doesn’t just help me – it is the defenders themselves.
“It is a real positive for them because you get that consistency and continuity, which makes it far easier.
“It took me a while to get used to the new faces and settle in with a new group of players in a different league. But I have improved from the start of the season and I am happy with how things are going at the moment.”