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David De Gea determined to get Manchester United back to the top!

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea is ready for the biggest match of the season so far at Old Trafford this afternoon. United clash with Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea is a must win fixture for the Red Devils, who have stuttered in their start to the new season under Louis van Gaal. United have lost two league matches against Swansea City and Leicester City and drawn to Sunderland, Burnley and West Bromwich Albion. Chelsea are undefeated in all competitions so far, much a like the Arsenal team of ten years ago, it could be a shock for them to be defeated at Old Trafford, personally I hope that is the case.

De Gea, who has been linked with a move to Real Madrid and recently announced that he is happy at Old Trafford, which seems to have quashed the rumours. Chelsea are currently ten points ahead of eighth placed United at the top of the table and the Spaniard knows that he and his team-mates need to withstand the acid test later today. Chelsea will be looking to continue their run this season and will no doubt be looking to match Arsenal’s invincibles of 10 years ago, with a bit of luck that run will be ended today. Reported in the Daily Star, De Gea spoke about the Chelsea match, saying:

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“They (the Blues) have started the Premier League season unbelievable.

“They have won nearly all their matches. They have a great team and great new players. They are a difficult team to beat.

“They are special games against Chelsea and I like them a lot. Everyone wants to play in these games, the top games.

“Of course the other games against any team in England are difficult and you have to focus on every game, but these games are a little bit special.”

De Gea also passed comment about Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who he played with at Atlético Madrid with the Belgian effectively replacing De Gea what he signed for United back in the summer of 2011. De Gea had praise for his Chelsea counterpart, who could face United today, but they could easily utilise the experience of Petr Čech instead of the young Belgian, who came back to Chelsea after two loan spells in the Spanish capital. De Gea said:

“I saw him at Atletico Madrid. He played very well. He’s a great goalie.

“He’s young, he’s big, he’s a good shot stopper and he’s good with crosses. He is one of the best.”

After the Barclays Premier League match against Everton at Old Trafford before the international break, in which De Gea put in a great performance thwarting the Toffees from earning a draw with a great save after a shot by Brian Oviedo, the Spaniard has earned the praise of former United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel and manager Louis van Gaal. De Gea has been left red-faced by the comments, although it is something that he will accept. De Gea does not want to be the hero and more importantly he wants to help his team succeed, which the clubs supporters will want to. Reported by The Mirror, De Gea said:

“All that praise still sends shivers down my spine. But I don’t want to be a hero, I want to help the team.

“We are finding ourselves better week by week – that’s the result of hard work. The challenge is to get back to the very top.

“It’s normal to have early difficulties when you get a new manager with a new concept. Van Gaal has always said that it will take time. But there’s no doubt about it, United have to return to the Champions League.”

United need to dig deep and find their form this season. All the ingredients for a great side are there, they just need to learn how to come forward as a team and obtain the results needed. The capitulation against Leicester City shows that United are vulnerable, as does the 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion on Monday. If it was not for Marouane Fellaini putting United back into the match just after half time, it could have easily been a loss, but on the other hand, United were unlucky not to win. The defence is a problem for United, and that needs to be sorted in January, if possible, or definitely in the summer. I fear that the state of the defence is the main thing that could stop United from earning a UEFA Champions League spot next season, which is a must and missing out will cost them dearly. It could even cost the new kit deal with Adidas.

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