Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained how David de Gea has worked hard to return to form.
In the lead up to this season everyone was talking about who would be number one at United, with Dean Henderson hoping to force his way past De Gea, but that challenge has been made difficult.
Henderson tested positive for COVID-19 during the summer and suffered with fatigue as a result when the season started. That time allowed De Gea a run in the team and he has performed well, saving a crucial penalty last weekend against West Ham.
Solskjaer has revealed that De Gea returned early from his holiday this summer in order to be ready for the season ahead and it has showed on the pitch.
“He did call me in the summer to end his summer holiday earlier and come back and start his pre-season before, he wanted to be ready, the best possible version of himself,” Solskjaer said, as per the Manchester Evening News.
“Last season was a challenging one, he didn’t play as many games because Dean came in and did very well. David has really worked, focused, physically and mentally he’s better and when you feel you’ve done the work, personal best, a few physical tests, it gives you more confidence and motivation. He plays behind a strong back four but to play in front of David when he’s in this form is good for them.”
It has been clear since day one that the manager believes in the Spaniard – even during times he was being questioned by many, so he deserves credit also.