David De Gea insists that the competition for the number one spot at Manchester United is a positive and he is feeling ‘very, very good’ about his form.
Dean Henderson has returned to the club after two years on loan at Sheffield United and has signed a bumper new contract, suggesting that he has a significant future at the club.
De Gea remains the first choice ‘keeper but Henderson made his debut in the Carabao Cup this week and impressed, with the Englishman keen to push the Spaniard for his first team place.
The 29-year-old has not been at his best over the last couple of seasons and could do little as United were beaten 3-1 by Crystal Palace on the opening Premier League game of their season, but he is defiant over his form.
The Spain international was extremely keen to point out that he is not worrying about his performances or confidence.
‘I feel probably the best I’ve felt in my career,’ De Gea told the official Manchester United website.
‘It’s great to train every day here with the coaches and the goalkeepers. We always try to learn from each other and try to push altogether. It’s great. If you see the training it’s really good to see the goalkeepers together.
‘It’s very important to have good feelings with the other goalkeepers and the goalkeeping coaches as well. It’s great.
‘We are training, like I say, very, very well – the whole department of keepers. We need to be at this level every day and to show the players that the keepers are feeling 100%. Now like I said we have to go for trophies.’
De Gea will take the gloves on Saturday when United travel to take on Brighton in the Premier League, but Henderson will have another chance to shine on Wednesday at the same venue against the same opponents in the Carbao Cup.