Only Tottenham Hotspur have conceded fewer goals than the Red Devils this season as Louis van Gaal’s men have shown improvement at the back.
United have been heavily criticised for a perceived lack of attacking intent in recent weeks, with Van Gaal’s side having failed to win a game in eight attempts heading into the new year.
However, after United returned to winning ways with a battling 2-1 win over Swansea City at Old Trafford at the weekend, De Gea feels that the Red Devils deserve credit for improving their defensive record.
De Gea told United’s website: “I believe we are defending better than we did last season, and I think that’s vital for a team: to not concede many goals and to have a strong defence.
“We know we have some top quality players up front and that we will score goals. The most important thing for a good side is to have a solid base at the back.”
Saturday’s win over Swansea left United in fifth place in the Premier League table and three points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.
The Red Devils take on Sheffield United in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday.
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