David de Gea has declared he feels “very well and very confident” as he prepares to battle Dean Henderson for first-choice goalkeeping status at Manchester United.
Spain star De Gea came under fire last season after making a number of errors in the Premier League.
He has retained the No.1 spot for this campaign and started in the 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace last weekend, but faces renewed competition for the gloves following Dean Henderson’s return to Old Trafford.
Henderson has made no secret of his desire to become United’s first-choice shot-stopper and impressed with a clean sheet in the 3-0 Carabao Cup win at Luton on Tuesday.
But De Gea will not not give up his starting berth lightly and has issued a determined message ahead of the trip to Brighton on Saturday.
“I’ve been playing a lot since I was very young but right now I feel probably the best I’ve felt in my career,” the 29-year-old told MUTV.
“I feel very, very well and very confident and very positive and that’s very important for me.
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“Now it’s time to be back to winning ways and winning trophies, that’s the most important thing for us at the moment. Like I say I feel very, very good.”
De Gea also opened up on how he, Henderson and back-up goalkeeper Sergio Romero spur each other on in training.
He added: “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.”
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