David De Gea: Man United growing into very strong side
David De Gea stresses the importance of Man United keeping it tight at the back
David De Gea says Manchester United are growing into a very strong side ahead of Wednesday’s clash against PSV Eindhoven.
The Red Devils extended their unbeaten run to four games following a 2-1 win against newly-promoted Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday evening.
The 20-time English champions conceded their first goal in 641 minutes of football in all competitions in the 87th minute after Troy Deeney’s penalty.
And De Gea, who has already kept seven clean sheets in the Premier League, Champions League and League Cup this season, stressed the importance of United maintaining their defensive standards.
“It’s very important not to concede goals; we need to take things gradually and keep improving all the time, growing into a very strong side,” De Gea told United’s website.
The Red Devils lost 2-1 to PSV in their opening Champions League group-stage game in September.
Man United v PSV Eindhoven: Match facts
• Group B leaders United will progress to the knockout stage with victory, though PSV will have other ideas as they seek the win that could take them top of the section instead.
• For United’s Memphis Depay, the match is a reunion with the club he left in the summer while it also gives visiting tactician Phillip Cocu a chance to pit his wits against Louis van Gaal, his former coach with Barcelona and the Netherlands.
• Depay’s 41st-minute opener on matchday one was swiftly cancelled out by Hector Moreno. Luciano Narsingh’s second-half goal sealed a 2-1 win for the Eredvisie outfit.
• PSV shrugged off an early Paul Scholes penalty to beat United 3-1 at home in the first group stage in 2000/01, Wilfred Bouma, Mark van Bommel and Mateja Kežman scoring.
• United turned the tables with a 3-1 victory at Old Trafford, where Scholes and Dwight Yorke struck late goals after Van Bommel had equalised a Teddy Sheringham strike. Ryan Giggs, now Van Gaal’s assistant manager, played in both matches for United, who ended up qualifying in second place, a point above PSV.
• United also got the better of PSV in the 1984/85 Uefa Cup second round, Gordon Strachan’s extra-time goal at Old Trafford securing a 1-0 aggregate win.
Louis van Gaal’s side can qualify for the knockout phase with victory over the Eredivisie holders.