David de Gea is ready to make his 400th Manchester United look on Monday in opposition to Southampton, with Ole Gunnar Solskjær believing the 29-year-old might play at the least one other decade for the membership.
The goalkeeper was signed by Sir Alex Ferguson in the summertime of 2011 and has since received each home trophy and the Europa League, and been voted because the followers’ participant of the yr 4 instances. But Solskjær believes the Spaniard stays hungry.
“He has been improbable David – since I’ve been right here I’ve loved working with him,” Solskjær stated. “He has come out and stated that he needs to play many, many extra – possibly 10 extra years.
“ How lengthy he’ll be capable to keep on the prime is simply as much as him as a result of it’s a pleasure to look at him being humble sufficient to work arduous with coaches, Richard [Hartis] and Craig [Mawson], and the opposite goalkeepers.
“4 hundred video games [will be] two greater than Pete [Schmeichel] did. He’s received the Premier League, he’s received the FA Cup, the Europa League, the League Cup, however that’s in all probability not sufficient for him.
“ I don’t assume he can be joyful till he wins [more of the] larger trophies. Staying at Manchester United on this time and never having another [major one], I believe that’s one thing that he’ll really feel is a black dot in his profession. Yeah, he’s received his private awards. I don’t assume David is that sort who cares about private awards, he needs the crew to elevate the large ones as nicely.”
De Gea ensured a dramatic lack of type within the latter part of final season however Solskjær insists he by no means misplaced religion in his keeper. “It didn’t cross my thoughts for one second [to drop him] – in no way,” stated the supervisor. “To be a Man United goalkeeper you must have a robust mentality. David has a robust mentality and to be coming as much as 400 video games: you don’t try this by being afraid of the limelight or being afraid of Previous Trafford. You try this by strolling out on to that pitch and exhibiting them your high quality and mentality.”
Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial have every scored 20 instances this season whereas the 18-year-old Mason Greenwood has 16. Solskjær likened the attacking trio to a very profitable one which operated beneath Sir Alex Ferguson. “It’s not new for United,” he stated. “Did you not watch [Wayne] Rooney, [Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Carlos] Tevez once they had been taking part in? Sir Alex gave them some freedom, however inside a framework and construction.
“So we do work quite a bit on patterns and positions and the place we wish the gamers to be however inside that we perceive that you simply may pop up on the fitting or the left or be in numerous positions, however we have now to fill totally different positions.”
Solskjær has eradicated what he referred to as “tippy-tappy” soccer. “There was an excessive amount of, final yr – typically this yr – from gamers who wish to gravitate to the left, and go on there and play tippy-tappy soccer,” he stated. “That’s one thing we wished to do away with, and we have now been extra progressive and extra disciplined in our positions.”
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