‘I am first-choice’: David De Gea insists he has always been Manchester United’s number one

By Chris Bailey

There is no doubt about it in David De Gea’s mind – he is Manchester United’s undisputed number one.

The Spaniard, signed from Athletico Madrid, has timeshared the Red Devils’ goal with fellow shot-stopper Anders Lindegaard this season, making 20 appearances to the Dane’s ten.

However, De Gea has won the favour of Sir Alex Ferguson in recent weeks – starting United’s last eight games – restoring the 22-year-old to what he believes is his rightful place.

“From the moment I signed I considered myself the first-choice keeper at the club but it’s down to the manager; he rotates us when he feels it’s good for the team,” De Gea told the club’s website.

“But obviously I’ve played a few on the bounce now and that’s positive.

“I’m happy with my current form and I just need to keep working hard in training and hope that form continues.”

De Gea has overseen a recent improvement in the Red Devils’ much-criticised defence after back-to-back Premier League shut-outs against Wigan Athletic and West Bromwich Albion.

But the Spanish Under-21 international insists it is no time for the team to rest on their laurels as the second-half of the season awaits.

“A seven-point gap at the top is obviously very good news for us, but we also know there’s a long way to go in the campaign,” he said.

Should United beat Liverpool on today, the gap will increase to ten points before Manchester City face against Arsenal in the afternoon kick-off.

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