Goalkeeper David de Gea of Manchester United has stated that he and the rest of the Man United locker room are incorporating Erik ten Hag’s fresh ideas, including playing out from the back.
De Gea has been at the club for more than ten years and has garnered a lot of praise recently for his performance in a United team that has frequently failed to live up to expectations.
Despite Ten Hag’s arrival, rumors about the 32-year-old have persisted.
The Dutchman is eager for United to control games with the ball since during his trophy-laden time at Ajax, he was known for a more expansive, attractive style of play.
In the early stages of the Premier League season, De Gea appeared uneasy with the new strategy, and it’s still unclear whether the veteran is capable of playing out from the back successfully.
However, De Gea, who is in the final year of his contract, has launched an aggressive campaign, demanding that everyone embrace Ten Hag’s new philosophy.
“I believe that this year, we want to control the game and the ball,” De Gea commented via Nord News.
“In order to press teams and push hard, we want to play from the back. In order to score goals and win games, we try to retain the ball in the opposition half.”
De Gea received harsh criticism for his performance in the humiliating 4-0 loss to Brentford earlier in the campaign, in which he was personally responsible for two of the goals that United conceded in west London.
De Gea has improved recently, but his long-term future at the club is still unclear despite this.
Although Manchester United has a one-year option to extend David De Gea’s stay at Old Trafford through the end of the 2023–24 season, his current contract expires in the summer.
According to some reports, United might be willing to keep De Gea if he agreed to take a large pay cut, and Ten Hag is allegedly actively wooing alternative keepers.
But now that he and United are adjusting to their new strategy, De Gea isn’t letting rumors get in the way of his work.
“The season started off a little rough. After that, we started winning games and playing fantastic football.
We needed some time to get used to the coach’s style of play because we had a new manager and new players no, but I believe we’re moving in the right direction when we’re performing well and winning games.”