David de Gea came off second best following a painful collision with Adama Traore during last night’s win over Wolves with the Manchester United goalkeeper admitting he was temporarily struggling for breath.
The Spain international was flattened with eight minutes remaining of last night’s match against Wolves and required treatment after an accidental clash with, arguably, the Premier League’s most formidable Premier League opponent.
‘Woof! I was lying on the pitch,’ said De Gea afterwards. ‘He’s one of the strongest players in the Premier League, so it was very painful in my arm, in my stomach, but it was fine. We win the game, so everything’s fine.
‘I feel very well. It was just when I hit Traore it was painful, I can’t breathe, but it was fine.’
After a difficult start to the season, United, aided by De Gea’s return to form, have posted an impressive run of results and are now up to second in the table following last night’s victory which came courtesy of Marcus Rashford’s injury time winner.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was quick to guard against talk of a title tilt after the game, but De Gea insists confidence is building in the dressing room on the back of a solid run of performances.
He added: ‘Of course, I think there’s belief. You have to believe, keep believing all the time but at the same time we have to be calm because this is a long way to finish, many games to come.
‘I feel very confident, to be honest. I feel well. I am happy every time I can help the team like today, make some big saves to keep the clean sheets.’