De Gea demands title
David de Gea knows it is important Manchester United avoid a trophyless season and win the Premier League.
Last Updated: 16/03/12 8:38am
David de Gea knows it is important Manchester United avoid a trophyless season and win the Premier League after being dumped out of the Europa League.
After doing so much to keep United in their last-16 tie with Athletic Bilbao at Old Trafford last week, the Spaniard could not prevent a 2-1 second-leg defeat.
After their European embarrassment, it means Premier League table-topping United, like main rivals Manchester City, have only domestic supremacy to play for now.
And De Gea is confident his team-mates will come out on top, as he said: "It is very important for us now to try and secure the Premier League.
"We are first. We are the leaders. Manchester City are in good form, but we have the team and the supporters to win the league.
"We have a big game coming up at Wolves on Sunday and that is what we must concentrate on now."
At least on a personal level, former Atletico Madrid goalkeeper De Gea had nothing to reproach himself for even if his return to Spain did not go as he would have wished.
There was more evidence of the 21-year-old starting to take command of his penalty area and slowly he does feel the adjustment from Spain to England is being made.
"The English league is a bit more aggressive, but football is football," he said. "There is no real difference. Little by little, I feel my confidence in England is growing.
"In the beginning, it was all new, the place, the country, the team. But gradually I am getting used to everything and hopefully that continues."